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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 Munster Province, 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 300 members. Recently by: Djouce, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, deirdrec, Plomcg, Bunsen7, Dee68, learykid, CianDavis, conormcg, Hjonna, mwalimu2, Juanita, CaminoPat, Dalcassian
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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 119th highest in Ireland.

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deirdre.obrien on Keeper Hill, 2004
by deirdre.obrien  28 Apr 2004
We parked at the old ball alleys just outside Toor Village. We followed the Slieve Felim Way in the direction of Keeper Hill to the forest and then followed a track left up towards Keeper Hill. We followed the tracks up Keeper Hill to the summit. Lovely views from the top. The route was pretty straight forward but found the hard ground though going on the feet. A local farm dog followed us up and down. She was harmless and appeared to enjoy the company!! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/951/
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bob mologna on Keeper Hill, 2003
by bob mologna  15 Sep 2003
"A nice easy enough mountain" Hah! I did the Clohernagh, Lugnaquilla, Benleagh, Camenabologue circuit in Wicklow last weekend and it was easier than Keeper this weekend. I started in Silvermines and went over the Silvermine mountains, down the valley and back up Keeper hill and it was one of the toughest hikes I've done this year. I must have made all the wrong route choices (up from the Northwest, down the ridge to the northeast). My ascent varied from waist deep heather, knee deep bogs, to dense pine plantations.

On my descent I was in a hurry to make a dinner appointment so I decided that the best way through the trees would be to follow the power lines, it's cleared after all, isn't it? Bad move. I ended up in a chest high thicket of brambles and downed trees. The only option was to go into the woods for a Km or so, not fun. I've done this hill before from the Southeast and it's a cakewalk, done wrong, it's no fun. Oh who am I kidding? I had fun but it was a bitch. My GPS showed that I had covered 8.5 miles in 3.5 hours, it felt like 15 miles. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/644/
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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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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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