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Binn Mhór Mountain (Ir. Binn Mhór [TR], 'great peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 661m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L91841 49355
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Longitude: -9.630003, Latitude: 53.48331 , Easting: 91841, Northing: 249355 Prominence: 406m,  Isolation: 0.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 491815 749379,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnMhór, 10 char: Binn Mhór
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Binn Mhór overlooks Mám Éan. This is the site of a pattern held annually on the last Sunday of July, known locally as Domhnach Mhám Éan and as Domhnach Chrom Dubh (MacNeill, 123). It is also visited on St. Patrick's Day and Good Friday. Roderic O'Flaherty wrote in 1684: At Mam-en, there springs out of a stone a litle water, named from St. Patrick, which is a present remedy against murrein in cattel, not only applyed, but alsoe as soon as tis sent for they begin to have ease. next Mam-en are the mountains of Corcoga, in the confines of Balynahynsy [Ballynahinch], Ross and Moycullin countreys, where the fat deere is frequently hunted; whereof no high mountain in the barony of Balynahinsy, or the half barony of Rosse is destitude (O'Flaherty, 121-22). This peak has been called Shannakeala.   Binn Mhór is the third highest mountain in the Maamturks area and the 176th highest in Ireland.

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Towering above the Pass of the Birds .. by group   (Show all for Binn Mhór) Picture about mountain Binn Mhór in area Maamturks, Ireland
Picture: Calm Maumeen lake near sunset
wicklore on Binn Mhór, 2010
by wicklore  27 Feb 2010
The col between Binn Mhor and Binn Chaoinaigh is called Maumeen (pass of the birds). I reached it after descending from Binn Mhor at the end of a hike over from Corcogemore. What would have been an otherwise careful but straightforward descent of the 36 degree slope was made more hazardous by ice and snow. However I had Simon Stewart’s Maumturk Walk guide downloaded onto my gps and I followed his route to get down safely. Simon’s route can be downloaded onto gps units and is available from his website at

The annual Maumturks Walk blazes a trail across these mountains, covering 24 kms and a total ascent of 2336m. These walkers must be ultimate athletes because, according to the route card, it takes them just over three hours to reach Maumeen. It took me 5 hours 40 mins! No doubt they don’t stop to take 139 photos along the way or pause for breath every 10 steps on the steep ascents. Even so when I reached Maumeen I couldn’t help wondering if it was they who are too fast or me who is too slow. But I walk with the idea of ‘Take your time, have a good time’, whereas when they reach Maumeen the marathon walkers would have another 14kms to go across tough terrain so they wouldn’t be hanging around!

There was great comfort in reaching Maumeen for me – not only in having completed my first hike in the Maumturk, but also because the Western Way passes over the col meaning that there is a decent track to follow back down to the roads to the west. As I reached the col from Binn Mhor I could see a figure standing at the Oratory and Holy Well. It was the first person I had seen in the lonely mountains that day. As I approached them I was practising my patter to blag a lift all the way back to my car miles away to the east of the mountains. I was a bit embarrassed to discover that I was about to make my pitch to a statue that faces out over the col! For my sins I had an added hike of over 1 ½ hours before I hitched a lift far along the N59. Not the perfect end for tired feet! However I look forward to returning to continue the hike another day. Linkback:
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Binn Mhór and friends, viewed from Binn Chaonaigh .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Mhór)
26.12.04 View from top of Binn Mor looking down o .. by Silver   (Show all for Binn Mhór)
Seven years to the month, I return with a differe .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Mhór)
The descent from Cnoc na hUileann Thoir to Maumee .. by Silver   (Show all for Binn Mhór)
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