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Midlands SW Area   W: Keeper Hill Subarea
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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
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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 Midlands SW area and the 120th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Keeper Hill (<i>Sliabh Coimeálta</i>) in area Midlands SW, 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 (<i>Sliabh Coimeálta</i>) in area Midlands SW, Ireland
Picture: Trig point with mast in the background
Highest in North Tipp
by TommyV  1 Nov 2018
Parking at Ballyhourigan forest car park at R78037 65294 B, it's possible to follow a Coilte track all the way to the mast at the top of this hill. On the way back down when you reach the forest track again off the mountain track at R80587 66331 C, it's possible to turn left (or right) depending on which direction you came up, to make a looped walk of the forest section on this walk. Not a very difficult walk for 694 meter mountain. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/20147/
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Avoid muddy track at Ballyhourigan.
by TommyMc  2 Jan 2019
Tree felling operations are currently ongoing at Ballyhourigan Wood and it looks like they will continue for some time. As a result the trail around there is very very muddy.

In the meantime, it's probably best to use the car park at Doonane and access the mountain first using the blue/yellow trail and then the red trail which you will meet 2/3rds of the way up. A long, gradual and worthwhile walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/20237/
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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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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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