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War HillMountainCnoc an Bharda A name in Irish, also Cnoc an Bhairr an extra name in IrishThis is almost certainly a name coined in English. War Hill may be a corruption of *Ward Hill, referring to a look-out point or a place where watch was kept.WicklowCounty in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Granite with microcline phenocrysts Bedrock
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Price's suggested Irish derivation for War Hill, whilst possible, seems rather tautological and is not backed up by any Irish attestations. Barr is itself a common term denoting a hill and is usually the first element in names, e.g. Barr Trí gCom (Baurtregaum), Barr na Coilleadh (Barnakillew), etc. Also "hill of the top" seems a strange way to describe War Hill, since it's really only a lower outlier of Djouce. An alternative is that the name was created in English, and this is supported by a reference to a battle on War Hill in a letter written on 15th December 1838 by Eugene O'Curry. “In the Townland of Lackandarragh in the Powerscourt Parish they shew a place called the Churchyard, but it does not retain the least vestige of either a church or churchyard. Some say that it was the place of sepulture of persons killed in a battle fought between the English troops and the O‟Tooles some three hundred years ago. This battle was fought on War Hill, immediately overhanging this Churchyard, on the opposite side of the river.” Of course, one would expect these events to give rise to "Battle Hill", rather than "War Hill", so this suggestion must also be treated with caution. More likely is that the name has been corrupted from *Ward Hill, and that watch was kept on this hill either by shepherds or soldiers. The village of Warcop in Westmoreland, England, provides a parallel for this. It is also named from a hill, with the first element believed to be reduced from ward- to war- [Concise Dictionary of English Place-Names, Eilert Ekwall, p. 497]. The form Cnoc an Bharda is provided here as a translation into Irish of "Ward Hill". It is not to be understood as an attested historical form. Nor does it have any connection to the word bard meaning ‘poet’.
War Hill is the 135th highest place in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/