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Birreencorragh Mountain Birín Corrach A name in Irish
(Ir. Birín Corrach [logainm.ie], 'rocky little spike') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 698m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G02455 05007
Place visited by 127 members. Recently by: jmcg, TommyMc, justynagru, wicklore, Grumbler, ilenia, philmchale, briankelly, Roswayman, Atlanticstar, Fergal Meath, markwallace, jamesmforrest, Ulsterpooka, hivisibility
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Longitude: -9.487758, Latitude: 53.985185 , Easting: 102455, Northing: 305007 Prominence: 583m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 502425 805016,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Brncrg, 10 char: Brncrgh
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

The element birín is rare in Irish names, but also occurs unqualified in Birreen, an outlier of Croaghmoyle. Walks: for a route to the summit from the N, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 70.   Birreencorragh is the 117th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Birreencorragh in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: pic:CaptainVertigo - the south face
 
Multifaceted Mountain
Short Summary created by aidand, Onzy  7 Sep 2015
Birreencorragh is situated at the apex of the Glendorragha Valley off the R317 from Newport. The faces the mountain presents to the south and to the north west are particularly spectacular, while it slopes gently enough along a narrow ridge directly north and curls northeastwards towards Knockaffertagh to encircle the valley. The summit has the broken base of a trig pillar and a circular stone shelter.

The best approaches are from the south beginning from the Coillte forest at the mouth of the valley. There are parking places here, at G042 027 A and G035 024 B, a good way along forest tracks from the road. From the second of these spaces head north up a grassy rise towards sh336, west to Birreencorragh South Top and north to Birreencorragh itself. It should take under 1.5hours to the top.

For the full circuit of Glendorragha, head north from the summit to sh646 and then north east, following the lip of the valley towards Knockaffertagh. Descending from here can be tricky. One option is to head south to the top of a gully at around G047 041 C. From here you can thread down the gully and through the scree patches carefully to the floor of the valley. A safer way would be to head east from Knockaffertagh onto the obviously gentler ground and contour down from there. Enter the forest around G048 031 D - the ground is a bit soft at first, and follow the tracks back to the car. Allow 5 to 6 hours for the circuit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/4872/
 
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Picture: Just.....beautiful
Shapely summit welcomes bootless buffoon
by wicklore  2 Oct 2019
This is a view of the rather shapely upper slopes of Birreencorragh as viewed from the col to the south west. In particular, the photo was taken from near spot height 587 meters. From this point it is a 111 meters haul up to the summit over a distance of circa 400 metres. The slope is a mixture of scree and patches of grass at first, and gets quite steep and rocky for the last 50 metres ascent. ......

On the day that I climbed Birreencorragh in mid-August I started hiking at 6:30am. Bleary-eyed I opened the boot of the car to pull out my rucksack, hiking poles and…and discovered that my hiking boots were not there. I glanced at my runners and gazed forlornly up at the lung-bursting, steep wet slope that marks the start of the initial route up to Birreencorragh South Top when setting out from G 03490 02390 E. I never complete hikes in runners, and ALWAYS depend on my trusty boots for keeping my feet and ankles dry & unbroken. I made a bargain with myself that I would walk slowly and the first time I slipped on wet grass or heather, or my feet twisted in any risky direction that I would stop and go back. I have a keen interest in not becoming a mountain rescue statistic.

As it transpired I had a lovely hike, catching the sunrise over Nephin, enjoying clear early morning views across the Mayo landscape, and even managed to keep my feet relatively dry. I was much more alert when negotiating the upper scree slope on Birreencorragh, and extra vigilant not to step in boggy patches. All-in-all I made great time visiting the three Birreencorragh summits, and the most challenging part was not slipping onto my backside on the descent to the car on that first/last wet grassy slope. As for forgetting my boots – some things only have to happen once and then they won’t happen again. I now add ‘bring boots’ to my mental list when preparing for a hike, next to ‘remember to breathe’ and ‘put one foot in front of the other in order to move’. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, and time will tell if it was a sign of age or just the super-early rising-time that caused me to forget my boots. All I can do in the meantime is give a rueful chuckle and shake my head as I put my car keys in my boots or hang the boots off the front door handle the night before a hike. If necessary I’ll even start wearing them to bed! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/20651/
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Picture: long sweeping N ridge of Birreencorragh
 
gerrym on Birreencorragh, 2005
by gerrym  24 Sep 2005
Approach to Birreencorragh was from the col with Glenlara to the S. This gives a great appreciation of the very steep E slopes, partially covered in scree, dropping down into Glendorragha. As climb the distinctive form of Clare Island becomes perfectly framed between the hills of Buckoogh and Bengorm. The NW ridge drops down off the main ridge and it is well worth the short detour for another view of this many faced mountain. As near the summit the ground becomes scree covered which gets larger for the last section. At the top there is the remains of a trig pillar and a shelter cairn where i had a bite to eat out of the wind. There is an even more expansive view from here as to that described from Glenlara - can now see Croughaun and Menawn on Achill to add to Slievemore, the Sligo mtns are also now visible beyond Nephin along with the Bluestacks in Donegal and more of the hills to the SW in Connemara. With the clarity of visibility I could see the beginnings of hills to the SE - Wicklow? Drop down N along the broad ridge, the ground levels and becomes very stoney as you pass three small cairns. When reach the fourth cairn, topped by a white rock, can either continue along the N ridge or turn to the NE and drop down, again a broad and stoney ridge as you head straight for the bulk of Nephin. Pass 2 more marker cairns, at the second head E and drop down gently at first but then more steeply to the col with Knockaffertagh. Birreencorragh is a fantastic mountain and the horse shoe walk lets you glimpse all of its facets - it is quite different from the various compass points. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/1965/
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Picture: The Notorious South Face of the Birreencorragh
CaptainVertigo on Birreencorragh, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  3 Aug 2005
I relived the opening scene from The English Patient, flying low and steady over the desert south of Birreencorragh.Sadly the transport wasn't a Tiger Moth, nor was my headpiece particularly Fiennes. The drone was merely the computer's fan, and the windscreen was framing Google Earth software. Still I was drawn back to that morning in June when I stole out at first light and drove on empty roads to the southern base, ascended a wet grassy step, galloped along the spine of the beast that slept at her feet, and then , gloriously, was assumed body and soul onto the heavenly peak. I saw Nephin peeping sheepishly from behind Knockaffertagh, and Lough Conn shimmered and seemed suspended high in the air. To the south west lay Clew bay and the thousand frozen whales stopped momentarily on a seaward trajectory. Alone , without Map, compass, GPS, whistle,food or oxygen; alone on the awesome south face of Birreencorragh :"this most excellent canopy, the
air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical
roof fretted with golden fire". Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/1850/
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csd on Birreencorragh, 2004
by csd  18 Oct 2004
The approach to the summit from the western slopes is fairly steep and rocky; we tackled it as part of a Glenlara - Birreencorragh - Knockaffertagh horseshoe. The summit area itself is rocky and consists of a windbreak fashioned from these rocks and what looks like a demolished trig pillar in the middle of a large stone cairn. Unfortunately the summit was fog-bound when we reached it, so this picture is from the SW near Glenlara. If planning to do this horseshoe, be extra careful in the fog. There are two spurs north of the summit, and you need to take the right-hand one. We misjudged and ended up with an hour's detour to get back on course! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/1254/
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csd on Birreencorragh, 2004
by csd  18 Oct 2004
Once we got below the cloud ceiling, there were some nice views to be had. This shot shows the valley at the centre of the Glenlara - Birreencorragh - Knockafertagh horseshoe, with Beltra Lough in the background. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/112/comment/1255/
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