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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 NI and in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 849m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690
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Longitude: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 821m,  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 20th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2005
by Bleck Cra  10 Feb 2005
Ever seen hens up a tree - him below, barking on automatic, with a crick in his neck ?
Well there they are: giggly and wiggly, and not looking down. Recent isobars have uprooted Donard’s neolithic-style stile. Our cast on stage - fixed frost, a blinding blizzard, vis none, map none, Plan B none. Four of them on top of the Mourne wall: standard kit - Heatons anorak, tapering skirt with frills, stripey tights, own-brand gutties and one-size-fits-all acrylic gloves ……. and a suicide note! The fifth chicken has pivoted a foot and a half on to the first stone cross-spar - but that’s it. Fulcrum too high; load too low. At last, the other hens give up the yip yo-hooing for the lift procedure - bang go the tights (yup, that’s the noise they make) and at this point I have to leave, before someone puts me on oxygen. BUT ……. the years after I was born again, on the Aonach Eagagh, I let out into completely unacceptable terrain - with a plastic jacket, a banana bag free with …. a banana no doubt and a pair of Polish work boots. In this kit, I cleared 40-odd Munros, some in white-out. I heard wolves on Beinn Challum, Jesus on Beinn Vorlich. I want to get them off the hill and into a warm pub, shopping or grouting or something - but how can you take these soft innocents, all of whom could be tomorrow’s premier league mountainviews contributors and spoil it for them with good, honest, pointless advice? Also, why not try a different route to Donard - from Millstone or Thomas’s and advance to the burial cairn as big chief or saint Domangard may have done before resting somewhere like it, forever. Conditions a la pic. Thoughts? Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1475/
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shippy on Slieve Donard, 2005
by shippy  23 Feb 2005
Donard and the Castles taken from the Brandy Pad Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1494/
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ghmcbride on Slieve Donard, 2005
by ghmcbride  24 Mar 2005
Of the walks i've done in the mournes, donard probably is is most standard, if you want it to be. There is a well established path to follow which myself and a friend walked on the way up from donard car park.
Following our route you will pass through a forest following a reassuring river up the mountain. Exitting from the forest we turned to take in the already beautiful view of Newcastle and surroundings. At the top of the saddle turn left and enjoy the Castles and Analong Valley.
A couple of hours later you will be at the top enjoying the best view in Northern Ireland.
Fortunately we had the pleasure of getting a cold snap of weather which meant ice, snow and other challanging factor to overcome.
However my friends the best is saved for last. In the words of my companion, Phil, "ahh it's not to bad" Reilly the best way down is to head N N E at the summit and take the black stairs route down. This is a steep,challanging and slippery path but very rewarding (and yes i did fall on my ass).
Donard, boring and simple, only if you want it to be. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1583/
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KenG on Slieve Donard, 2005
by KenG  17 May 2005
My first Mourne climb, but not my last, the views from the top Sunday gone (May 15th) were breathtaking, the Isle of Man clearly visible, down to Hollyhead, the peaks of the others were fantastic, we started our climb just after 6am, took our time and got to the top in about 2 hours. we made coffee and soaked up the views, we had a visit from a helicopter with frantic waving from the passengers, only to meet them coming up on our way down! turned out the waving was their 'request' for us to move so that they could photograph the top! hope we didn't ruin their pic too much!! fab climb, spectacular views, go do it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1700/
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highflier on Slieve Donard, 2005
by highflier  1 Jul 2005
Wanted to come and say hello to KenG from your helicopter wavers (and no silly we weren't asking you to get out of the way - just being smart!!) Well to fill you in the 15th May was my dad's 69th Birthday and we were all in training to complete the Four peaks challenge for Focus Ireland and the heli trip was a birthday presey for dear old Dad!!! Anyway Four fabulous Peaks and some significant fund raising later - we are totally hooked on mountain walks. (our 69 year old put us all to shame) We have since revisited Carrantouhil, Meelrea, Slieve Donard and Lugnaquilla. Next outing 12th July - the tour of the 12 Bens. Happy Climbing!! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1779/
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mneary34 on Slieve Donard, 2006
by mneary34  19 Sep 2006
On a beautiful clear day in mid September 2006 five of us did our own version of the Mournes Seven Sevens. This was my first time climbing Slieve Donard from Newcastle. I wonder is there a higher climb from a start point to summit in Ireland than the 853 metres to the top of Slieve Donard allowing for the fact that many other summits are ascended from points so much higher than sea level. This photo taken from Commedagh which was our second summit shows the 273 metres final approach to the summit of Donard from the col between the two mountains. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2502/
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