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Slieve Donard Mountain Sliabh Dónairt A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Dónairt [PNNI], 'mountain of (St.) Domhangart') County Highpoint of Down, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 850m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690
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Longitude: -5.920898, Latitude: 54.180238 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735715 827695,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvDnr, 10 char: SlvDnrd
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and in 9-county Ulster. St. Domhangart (modern form Dónart), a contemporary of St. Patrick, founded a monastery at Maghera north of Newcastle. According to tradition he was appointed by St. Patrick to guard the surrounding countryside from the summit of Slieve Donard. He is supposed not to have died, but to be a 'perpetual guardian' (see MacNeill, 84-96). In pagan times this mountain was known as Sliabh Slainge. Slainge, the son of Partholon, was the first physician in Ireland. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, he died in Anno Mundi 2533 (2533 years after the creation of the world according to Irish mythology) and was buried here in a cairn. On the top of Slieve Donard there are two cairns, one on the very summit and the other, called the 'Lesser Cairn', on the Ordnance Survey maps, some eight hundred feet to the north-east. Both of them have been much disturbed. The Summit Cairn has been tampered with by sappers and water commissioners: the Lesser cairn has small piles of stones about it, but it is difficult to say whether these are ancient structures or just re-arrangements by modern hands. Dr. Estyn Evans, who calls the Summit Cairn 'the oldest mark of man in the Mournes', says that it is a 'corbelled passage grave of the early Bronze Age.' The Lesser Cairn, he points out, is visible from the sandhills of the shore, although the Summit Cairn is not (MacNeill, 85).   Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 19th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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Donalds Hill walking club
by Derry259  12 May 2010
Sunday 9th May....first walk of Donald's Hill Walking Club...members:Myself, Two Shovel's Cunningham, Mucky trousers Brendan and new convert to the hills Big Frank McIntyre...
We took the well worn route from Donard carpark up the Glen river, up and down Donard, over Commedagh, across Corragh and Slievenaglough to the Hare's Gap and then back via the Brandy pad to the Saddle and down into Newcastle...
Brilliant days walking enjoyed by all, especially big Frank who flew up Donard (we told him there was a pub on top)...A few club rules were decided upon, the main one being that the site for teabreaks are chosen when Brendan falls and Two Shovel's has been nominated as club environmental officer (please lift your litter so we don't have to listen him complain)...
The day was finished off by a pint and a bite to eat in McCann's Bar which can be entered by Donard Carpark (Brilliant food at a reasonable price, yet Mucky trousers still moaned).. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/4721/
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mhughes on Slieve Donard, 2002
by mhughes  23 Dec 2002
Its the highest hill in the mournes but its not the best hill in the Mournes height is not everything. Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Binnian are my two favorites in the mournes and make for a more enjoyable walk. If you plan to visit the mournes for a first or second time try to stay away from Donard and try a route which includes either Slieve Bearnagh or Slieve Binnian i can guarantee a more enjoyable days walking and guarantee you to want to come back to the Mournes. Donard is a nice hill to do at some stage but i think there are better ones in the Mournes to do if its you first or second visit. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/246/
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2004
by Bleck Cra  15 Nov 2004
The oldest recorded joke: from the ancient Greek Aristophanes, in his play “The Frogs” ……. a donkey enters stage, on which beast rides the fool Xanthias, who himself carries the burden and complains of a sore back. An audience squeals with delight at this idiot and his foolishness. And so, to mountain bikers. I saw your tracks West of Crannoge and East of Hare’s. Be afraid. Enough. At Maggie’s Lep a week or so back, a wee printed Uster note advised me to move on and not enter a world of helicopters dropping boulders on Donard. This is to make (sic) a run of steps up the great dull one, should the trekker not find her dull enough. And so we save the environment. Give us strength and let us be preserved from such awful pomposity, to wit: if you put steps in, the stinky wee tourist people will go up the steps and not upset millions of acres of incorrigible bog by devising their own route. Of course the fall of this construction is concocted by zealots, so that you and I can’t walk it without tearing a hamstring. And so we wander from said virtuous “path” yard by yard, until we are nearly into the next county. Just stunning. Well I went on anyway. “Ahh the Cra” - they said, “flattened like a frog under a bicycle; by a slab of Mournes granite. Sure it’s the way he would have wanted to go.” No it isn’t. It is November and if I am ever to commend anything, it is to stuff the crag-hops and go instead, mindless walkabout in the foothills. The bracken is red, the holly glistens, the magic mushroooms tease and lone golden beeches stand like druid magicians amongst the spruce. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1323/
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cullen on Slieve Donard, 2007
by cullen  23 Aug 2007
I climbed Slieve Donard on the best day of the summer on the 23rd of August. First time I have climbed in the Mournes and the trail from Donard car park to the Mourne wall was unexpected and challenging. Unlike mountains like Croagh Patrick were the ascension up the mountain is visible the path leading to the Mourne wall gave panoramic views of Donard Forest and of the river running through the valley of Donard and Commedagh. My aunt and younger sister found the path to the wall demanding and when reaching the wall were astounded that they still had to ascend a good part of the mountain. Finally I went ahead and reached the summit and had lunch. I meet a sheep, who EAT Biker's crisps. I was pleased to conquer Donard as I always wanted to as I seen it everytime I climbed The Black Mountain in Belfast. Climbing Donard was a good way to celebrate my GCSE results I had recieved the previous day. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2804/
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evelyn on Slieve Donard, 2004
by evelyn  25 Aug 2004
How about this for a change? Having camped in Castlewellan, I arrived at Tollymore Forest Park by 8am one rainy August Sunday in 2004 . A whole day ahead of me, I decided on an unusual but rewarding approach of Donard. Having ridden my horse around Tollymore and Donard Forests on a good number of occasions I decided to walk the 8 mile route around Tollymore - this was extended to include Donard! There is an information board in the bottom car park of Tollymore, which tells you of various walks in the forest - I set out prepared for a nice day's trek on to the boundary walk. Turning away from Newcastle direction I headed down to the river, and along the banks, following the marked trail. Crossing the river over a bridge and up in to the forest - and joining up with the Ulster Way, a quick detour can be made to the "Kings Grave" - a mounded site close to the edge of the forest (see later). Follow the signs to a T junction - here you have a choice go right along the Ulster Way - quite steep over rocky ground through trees, OR turn left and follow the forest road - these paths meet up again later! Up on to the Drinns, you will probably see deer, the odd buzzard, and no people! The views of the slopes of Donard are wonderful here, and you have the opportunity to climb a few hills to viewpoints which in good weather are nice places for a munch. As you begin to descend from the Drinns, keep an eye out for the track to the right the Ulster Way follows which will take you over to Donard Forest across commonage land. Contour around the forest tracks until you come to the Glen River path - then ascend as usual to the Mourne Wall and on to the top. For a bit of a change, why not descend to the coll cross the wall to the annalong valley side, follow the Brandy Pad to the right Commedagh on right, over to Hares Gap - over the wall again and descend down the track until you come to a car park - you are now back on the Ulster Way - follow this back in to Tollymore Forest Park along a really old "green road" (this is quite creepy at dusk) passing the aforementioned "Kings Grave" follow the river on the mountainside until you come to the larger set of stepping stones, cross over the river here, and then up through the trees back to the car park!! It's a full day's walk but I have to say - I really enjoyed it - not over taxing, and if the weather is poor, you could always omit the ascent to Donard and still have a rewarding day on the hills!! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1139/
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zeaphod on Slieve Donard, 2005
by zeaphod  15 Mar 2005
I have previously subscribed to the view that Donard was a good workout, but boring. I was wrong. On a good day, from the Trassey track, then Slievenaglogh, Corragh, Commedagh and on to Donard, with a dusting of snow and the sun shining, it's a great reward for a bit of graft. return towards the bog and back home via the brandy pad. The views were outstanding. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1527/
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