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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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Buny Clare on Keeper Hill, 2010
by Buny Clare  16 Jan 2010
KEEPER HILL 14thJan2010 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/4357/
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A surprisinghly easy climb rewarded by stunning views
by ianmb  27 Apr 2018
Walked this today (26/04/2018) with my wife. Traveled from Clare via Limerick and Newport, parked in a lay-by just inside Ballyhourigan Woods at the foot of the track that services the transmission masts at the summit. Followed this track all the way to the summit. The lower half of the walk is a typical forestry access route, views are largely obscured by trees and there is nothing much else to say about this section.

The route passes to the north of a smaller summit Boolatin Top, before climbing south to a saddle between this and the main summit of Keeper Hill. At the mid point of this saddle you take a left turn and follow the track uphill, the track zigzags a few times before gaining the summit. My map showed two paths short cutting these long zig zag sweeps however we saw no sign of the first one on the ground, we missed the second one on the ascent, but took it on the way down.

From the saddle onwards the route is very rewarding, you quickly break clear of the forestry and the views in every direction are simply stunning. If you are looking for the kind of challenge that sees you scrambling on your hands and knees this is not for you, but even if only to get a fantastic vista of the surrounding mountain ranges it is well worth it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/117/comment/19908/
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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 A, 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 B, 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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