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Cooley Mountains Area   S: Cooley South Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 29, 36 
Highest place:
Slieve Foye, 589m
Maximum height for area: 589 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 494 metres,

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Barnavave Hill Bearna Mhéabha A name in Irish Logainm: the gap of Méabh Louth County in Leinster Province, in Local/Historical/Cultural List

Height: 350m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29&36 Grid Reference: J17700 10000
Place visited by 73 members. Recently by: AntrimRambler, eflanaga, gernee, oreills8, garrettd, Kirsty, Jai-mckinney, ElaineM76, atlantic73, Carolyn105, trostanite, Tomaquinas, Peter Walker, MickM45, strangeweaver
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Longitude: -6.204773, Latitude: 54.025857 , Easting: 317700, Northing: 310000 Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 717623 810009,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Brnvv, 10 char: Barnavave

Barnavave is the 1057th highest place in Ireland. Barnavave is the most easterly summit and also the second most southerly in the Cooley Mountains area.

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Double humped, easy to visit, good views. .. by group   (Show all for Barnavave (Bearna Mhéabha)) Picture about mountain Barnavave (<i>Bearna Mhéabha</i>) in area Cooley Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Just stand in that gap for a minute!
by Bunsen7  30 Jan 2018
A number of years ago the BBC ran an Irish language show called "Ar Scath na Sleibhte", which provided a bit of inspiration for me to take a visit up to Carlingford, or "Carlainn" as I was to learn the Gaelic name to be. There are some clips and photos from the series still carried on the bbc website here (clips may not play in ROI):

The series was mainly focused on the mountains of Ulster but included an episode on "na Sleibhte Chuailnge", the Cooley Mountains. This episode obviously resonated with me as I learned some of the mythology of Maeve's Gap, “Bearna Mheabha” being anglicised as Barnavave, the gap which is visible when descending south-east off Slieve Foye.

While I like the tales of a giant or even of Maeve’s army digging out the rocks – the “Tain Bo Cuailnge” epic sounds like a long read. A geologist will probably give a more scientific explanation of the gap arising from a fault line in the rock with granite between two humps of gabbro. More on the geology of the area can be found here: A geological field guide to Cooley, Gullion, Mourne and Slieve Croob by Sadhb Baxter.

Though my primary objective was Slieve Foye and Barnavave just provided a slight detour on the descent, I recall thinking (like others have commented) that of itself Barnavave would make a very fine family walk from Carlingford (but more than enough to break a sweat from sea level) given that it can be accessed on a pretty low gradient track. There are fine views across the Lough from the trig pillar top, even when cloud has obscured Slieve Foye. I met three generations of the same family that had ascended a less taxing route from the west, the youngest daubing initials on the cross, which strangely seems to be the done thing.

Back then to the view of the “Lough”. If the Irish called this stretch of water “Cuan Carlainn”, it was the Norsemen that added the “ford”. The reason is as obvious looking north-east from Barnavave as anywhere. You've a bird's eye view of a very fine fjord, at least in name if not textbook glaciated character! I suppose the vikings should know what's a fjord and what's not! Linkback:
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Tain Bo Cualinge .. by Bunsen7   (Show all for Barnavave (Bearna Mhéabha))
Gentle Ascent. .. by sandman   (Show all for Barnavave (Bearna Mhéabha))
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