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Derryclare Mountain Binn Doire Chláir A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Doire Chláir [TR], 'peak of Derryclare') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 677m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L81509 51048
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Longitude: -9.785748, Latitude: 53.496315 , Easting: 81509, Northing: 251048 Prominence: 129m,  Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 481516 751074,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Dryclr, 10 char: Derryclare
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Ir. clár can mean both a plain and a board. In the latter sense it can refer to a plank-bridge in some place-names. Thus Derryclare, from Ir. Doire Chláir, could either mean 'oak-wood of the plain' or 'oak-wood of the plank-bridge'. The name seems to have been transferred by the Ordnance Survey from the townland of Derryclare situated to the east to the mountain itself. In this respect the Ir. name Binn Doire Chláir makes much more sense as a mountain name.   Binn Doire Chláir is the 150th highest place in Ireland. Binn Doire Chláir is the second most easterly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Picture: Derryclare from the north. the small body of water is unnamed on the OS map.
For some the start, for others a merciful end!
by Colin Murphy  25 Jun 2014
Either the first or last climb in the Glencoaghan Horseshoe, Derryclare summitteers form two distinctive groups. If this is the first stop in the Glencoaghan Horseshoe the walkers are all smiles, triumphant and full of enthusiasm for the day ahead, pointing out the scenery and snapping away with cameras. The other groups are the finishers, when Derryclare represents their final challenge after a gruelling day's climbing. This lot you can recognise by their sweat-covered, dishevelled clothing, their panting, their weary legs which seem to be composed of overcooked linguini and the look of relief on their faces. Either way, Derryclare is a wonderful mountain to start or finish your walk! Linkback:
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simon3 on Binn Doire Chláir, 2004
by simon3  11 Jun 2004
This little lake may not look much, but according to David Herman [Hill Walkers Connemara and Mayo] it is the only one on the Glencoaghan Horseshoe. It is located a short distance north of the summit. Linkback:
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david bourke on Binn Doire Chláir, 2008
by david bourke  9 Apr 2008
In May 2007 I was part of a group from Sligo Mountaineering club that took on the Glencoaghan Horse Shoe. For me it was one of the highlights of the calendar for the year.
After an early morning 2hour drive, we met at Ben Lettery Hostel at 9am. We decided to commence at Derryclare and do the horse shoe anti-clockwise. The ascent to the summit starts on a distinguishable path through pasture and over peat with the usual array of peat hags to negotiate. Finally we reached the summit cairn of Derryclare 677m (IL 81489 51077 A) after a number of false summits. Descending from the cairn we passed a small tarn on the left which made for some pretty pictures. At 540m there was a short break before the next pull up to Bencorr at 711m. (IL 81176 52183 B)
We stopped to catch our breath before tackling the descent of 221m. The steep zig zag path is a mixture of loose stone and special care is needed not to dislodge these down on top of those underneath.
From the 490m point we started to ascend Bencollaghaduff. The route rises gradually over some solid slabs of rock and on to a grassy summit. This makes a pleasant change from the previous descent. Finally we arrive at the cairn of Bencollaghaduff 696m. (IL 79858 52992 C). As this is the half way mark of the horseshoe its time for a well-deserved break for lunch. The weather is fantastic and we enjoy spectacular views.
Feeling re-energized we make our way down to the saddle at 530m. By the time we reached the end of the saddle we had dropped down to 440m. We climbed up to spot height on Benbreen at 674m (IL78443 52185). We then made out way along the ridge to reach Benbreen summit cairn 674m. (IL 78310 51548 D). An experience member of our club warned us of the next part of the route. As we looked down there appeared to be no easy way to descend. We were advised to try the skiing technique, except without the skis. He demonstrated how to do it, as he slithered and hopped his way down the 240m. We all followed suit and got safely to the bottom shaking the dust out of our boots and socks. Our water supplies were nearly exhausted and one member is already feeling dehydrated. She decides to opt for an exit out the valley while the rest of the group continues the steep ascent of Bengower. It is difficult to see a way up but as we progressed, the route became visible as we climbed. While the path is steep and involves a small amount of scrambling it is stable and safe. At the summit of Bengower 664m (IL 78255 50626 E) we set course for the walk out to the summit of Benlettery at 577m. We are all tired at thankful that that the last part of the walk is fairly level with only a gradual rise to the summit. From there we make out way down to the hostel for a top up of water as all the water bottles and platypuses are empty. A GREAT day out aided by some of the best weather of the summer with beautiful sunshine for most of the day. It took over 8 hours today. Linkback:
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conorobyrne on Binn Doire Chláir, 2005
by conorobyrne  7 Feb 2005
Picture of Binn Doire Chlair (and Binn Chorr in the clouds) taken from the top of Benlettery. Mamturks on the horizon also in cloud. Linkback:
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