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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: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735710 827693,   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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Great climb
by fatredline  7 Jul 2014
Done this peak twice both from the same route donard park up donard forest and the side of glen river can be hard going at times but theres always plenty of places to stop and never a climber far from sight it is a must if you are heading to the mournes as the views are something else first time up it was very windy and clouds coming in from the sea still equally as awesome would highly recommend to anybody. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/17539/
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neill on Slieve Donard, 2008
by neill  11 Mar 2008
good views on agood day Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2995/
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Picture: Along the Mourne Wall to Donard from Slieve Commedagh
Personal high point
by Aidy  31 May 2014
Difficult to add anything to the extensive comments on this mountain other than to say how much I enjoyed it, particularly as I have been kept out of the hills for too long by a bout of flu and vertigo. It was also a personal milestone for me, being my first peak in the Mournes, and my highest mountain to date. Took the easy to follow route from Donard carpark alongside the Glen River. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/16086/
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Moonlit Trek- Cancer Focus
by jillianwallace  28 Apr 2015
Join Cancer Focus NI as we take on Northern Ireland's highest peak in the dark! The Slieve Donard Moonlit Trek will take place on Friday 5th June. Starting at 8pm we will plan to make it to the summit around midnight, where you will be able to stargaze and marvel at the lights of Newcastle and beyond.

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Picture: The mighty Mourne Wall
Ulsters highest
by TommyV  4 Nov 2018
Like all of the other provincial high points Slieve Donard packs a mighty punch. We took the route from the Bloody Bridge car park as described by Harry Goodman. It's great to see the Mourne wall up close to really appreciate it's size and the work that went in to building it. Passing through Donard Wood is a lovely way to end this magnificent walk and Newcastle is a top town to end up in for a well earned pint. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/20189/
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Saturday 6th April Mountainviews Walk
by BleckCra  24 Mar 2019
OI YOU! YEAH YOU!
It's important to support the mountainviews website. Your website. It supports you, with everything you need to know about hills and hill matters throughout the country. The biggest source of mountain info in Ireland.
So you need to support it.
Liz Ashton, committee member of mountainviews, entirely at the cost of her own time and effort has put together a walk for you Saturday 6th April. This entailed her choosing a locus, planning a route and variations, recce-ing the walk, researching and sourcing apres walk facilities, advertising the walk and more.
.... and the hardest thing of all was to get me out of my armchair and go plotting mountains with her.
For you.
So support this walk on Saturday. It's not a big ask and given a fair wind might be one of your best walks ever.
It's a comfortable B grade walk in the beautiful Mourne Mountains based in Newcastle Co Down and plans to take in Slieves Donard and Commedagh.
It will kick off from around 9.30am
Get information from elizabethashton2014@outlook.com
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