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Keeper Hill Mountain Sliabh Coimeálta A name in Irish
also Slievekimalta an extra name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Coimeálta [GE], 'mountain of guarding') Tipperary County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone Bedrock

Height: 694m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 59 Grid Reference: R82397 66697
Place visited by 289 members. Recently by: Juanita, CaminoPat, Dalcassian, Grumbler, Wilderness, glencree, Roswayman, David-Guenot, eoghancarton, Derek90, High-King, GerSomers, finkey86, Aongus, 2theorchard
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Longitude: -8.261434, Latitude: 52.75138 , Easting: 182397, Northing: 166697 Prominence: 627m,  Isolation: 2.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 582350 666734,   GPS IDs, 6 char: KprHl, 10 char: Keper Hil
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Keeper Hill Formation)

Keeper Hill, also known as Slievekimalta, gets its name from a little-known story about Sadb, daughter of Conn Cétcathach, raising her children Eogan and Indderb on this mountain after they had been rejected by their father Ailill Ólom, king of Munster. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 215-16) for details of the festive assembly which took place on Keeper Hill in mid-August. A stone circle in Bauraglanna townland on the NE slopes is known as Firbrega ('false men'). It consists of eleven orthostats of varying heights, with several prostrate stones around the perimeter. There is a large, flat recumbent stone in the centre [Archaeological Inventory of North Tipperary].   Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Shannon area and the 120th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Keeper Hill in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: One of the gullies with waterfalls on the way up Keeper.
 
enoonan on Keeper Hill, 2008
by enoonan  1 Apr 2008
Walked to the top of Keeper Hill this morning. The weather was good, broken sunshine but a good breeze. I started from the Ballyhourigan wood car park, R782 667 A. Heading along the forestry track in an easterly direction I passed two tracks going left before I took the third track to the left. I followed this track along the bottom of a number of gullies and waterfalls. I then took the next turn left onto a track where the surface was not as good as the previous ones. I followed this track all the way to the summit. On the top there is a TV booster station which you can hear humming from a couple of hundred yards away. There is also a trig point surrounded by a small cairn. There was a plaque that was newly laid at the trig point to a lady named Denise O'Brien. After a brief stop for a refreshment (and it was brief due to the high wind) I turned tail and headed down the way I came. On the way down I met a guy walking up. He was looking for his dog which I hope he found.
The round trip took about three hours and that was at a leisurely pace. The route is quite easy but the hard ground underfoot may make it tough on the feet for some. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/3025/
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Check for forestry activity
by Alca  14 Nov 2012
Summited recently from Toor on the south.
There is alot of forestry activity on the west side and the Ballyhourigan route is shut down with forestry machinery up at around 400 metres. I found out the hard way.... Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/14873/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Keeper Hill in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: Distant view to the NW.
Long views from the summit.
by simon3  8 Aug 2013
Keeper Hill dominates the surrounding land of North Tipperary. You would need to go over 42km to the Galtys to find anything higher. Keeper Hill’s elevation and strategic position made it a critical point in the first triangulation of Ireland (1829-1832). Would you believe that observations were made from here to Cuilcagh at the Cavan/ Fermanagh border (164.4km) and to Baurtregaum on the Dingle Penisula (122.2km)?

The picture below is at around 310-320 degrees and shows a group of summits. I had great trouble working out what they are. I *think* the pointy one just left of centre is Corcóg (120.1km away) in the Maamturks and to its right in the clouds is Leenane Hill or Mweelrea. To the right of that I *think* the summit with the sharp descent is probably the Devismother North Top with a bit of the Sheefry ridge sticking up above it.

The pic has been reduced to red channel only to mitigate Rayleigh scattering. If anyone wants a larger version to help identify the summits, give me a shout. The primary triangulation observed Nephin (158.8km) though very likely this was done at night with limelight. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/15058/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Keeper Hill in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: Keeper hill in the snow
 
Winter Wonderland
by hendycoco  6 May 2016
Keeper Hill is a great option for anyone interested in starting hillwalking. It consists of a looped walk with an option of branching off and walking to the summit of the hill. The 14km hike took me 3.5hrs to complete but could be done faster or slower depending on fitness. The views from the top are fantastic on a clear day. The last day I climbed it I was lucky to encounter snow at the summit..it was a real winter wonderland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/18518/
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sliabh on Keeper Hill, 2002
by sliabh  30 Oct 2002
A nice easy enough mountain. It can be climbed on its own in about 90 minutes but can also be linked with the Sivermines. If you are hiking Keeper, I usually start from the valley between the Silvermines ridge and Keeper itself. There is a spot on the road where you can park a number of cars. Leaving this behind on your right continue up the road to cross the stream and you will find a wide cattle track between two ditches. Follow this between the fields and up to the forestry. Then you can go up the left ridge or straight up the back of valley to the top. The latter is more difficult, especially at the end when the ground gets quite steep and it can be loose. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/186/
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kakamaka17 on Keeper Hill, 2006
by kakamaka17  27 Nov 2006
Hi there, I have been on this mountain this week-end (26/11/2006). The weather was all right (sunny spells), but on peek there was thick fog and winds. I say it was a good relaxing walk (approx 18km). Nothing very difficult since I parked my car in a parking lot, near the road from Newport, and I took the road to the peak. The walk took almost 4 hours.

I wanted to test the new GPS receiver that I bought (http://www.navsync.com/docs/Easi-Nav_CW19_Consumer.pdf). It's a nice device, with great sensitivity and accuracy, that lets you log your track. For this purpose I took my notebook with me. The track can be seen in the picture attached. The track is colored for for altitude information too (red - 123m; green - 409m; blue - 552m; violet - 694m). Hope you enjoy the walk as I did. Thank you! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/2563/
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