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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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Picture: Looking SW from Donard's summit
murphysw on Slieve Donard, 2008
by murphysw  24 Jan 2008
Climbed from the Donard car park on a Saturday, when the mountain resembled more a day out at the park such was the traffic on its slopes. But can you blame the locals given the accessibility of the range on their doorstep, which raises the question are Newcastle's residents some of the luckiest on the island given they are wedged between the mountains and the sea. The views are amazing, we could make out the Isle Of Man clearly but didn't have the equipment to get a good snap of it. One word of warning would be that the rocks in the Donard forest are treacherous enough, a few of us had a few wobbly moments on them! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2949/
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Spiderman on Slieve Donard, 2008
by Spiderman  3 Mar 2008
It seems most of our number respectfully adhered to the protocol of Mothers Day last weekend and for this I would like to extend my apologies to my own mother. IT was a two hour drive to Newcastle which in all reality isn’t an overly extended jaunt but just extended enough for my to reconsider little Simbas inclusion in our hike. However all things considered I decided to take him along considering he missed out on his normal Saturday sojourn. So Simba, I and our two companions set off from the Car Park in Newcastle (the one with the sports grounds attached) at about 12.20. The first thing to strike me was the forested area we encountered immediately where we followed the Glen River Trail. It is probably an obvious thing, but I was slightly taken back by the aspect of our walk from early on and it does take me a second wind to really get going. The sun shone and it was beautiful though. When the forest opened out somewhat the arms of the Mournes welcomed us, drawing us closer. I’m always amazed at how I feel like some kind of an extra from Lord of the Rings on these walks. In fact I was pretty sure I caught a glimpse of Sméagol as the rain started to fall on top of us. Simba is also making progress. My little sheltie navigated the few streams all on his own this time around. There was a steep climb to the saddle which I found tough enough but lunch was waiting by the wall and the summit didn’t look too far away. The rain had stopped and fed and watered, we started for the summit. At this point I would like to say that for any thirtysomething novice like myself attempting a climb like this for the first time, you should do so in the knowledge that there are quite a number of ‘little people’ who seem to be able to take on this task in their stride. I found it was a motivation of sorts not to turn back. I had seen signs for the Newry City Marathon on my way through to Newcastle earlier this day and after a short while on the way to the top I felt like I was hitting the wall. In fact I WAS hitting the wall! Poor Simba got stuck across the way in a rocky area and after a short rescue attempt we pushed (hard) for the summit. It is somewhat disconcerting the way the ‘steps’ lean down to you as you ascend on this stretch almost willing you to slip back off – at least that’s what I, with my weary limbs felt. When we eventually reached the summit, the view was spectacular! The way back was not without its moments and high concentration levels are required to descend from back to the saddle. This was a relatively dry day, but I’d wait for some more experience before I would attempt it on a wet day. For me anyway, the sense of achievement in ‘conquering’ Slieve Donard was very satisfying. We reached the carpark at 16.45, got changed and headed home. A good day when I can still feel the mountains in my legs on a Monday morning! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2986/
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Picture: Walking the wall
paulocon on Slieve Donard, 2008
by paulocon  29 Sep 2008
Finally got to make my debut in hill walking yesterday and how lukcy we were with the weather. Myself and a friend tackled Donard from Bloody Bridge. Left Drogheda at 6:30AM and were on our way up for 8. After crossing the streams in two places, we made our way up the rocky ascent by the old quarry where we rested briefly and up to the Mourne Wall. I done a quick test of walking the wall but decided to stay on firm ground. Made our way up the East side of the wall where we were bathed in sunshine and sheltered from the wind. Ascent was quite steep in places with the ground underfoot uneven and rocky. After a couple of stops for an apple, we eventually hauled ourselves to the top to be greeted by some amazing views. Enjoyed a cup of tea and some sandwiches and took some time to explore the top and take a few snaps. The wind at the Cairn at the Northern end of the summit was extremely cold and quite strong. Made our way back down the same trail we'd come up. Back home in Drogheda for 4:30pm. Excellent day and can't wait to get back to the Mournes to takle Binnian. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/3343/
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Picture: Looking back at the route so far all the way back to Newcastle
From Donard Park
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 24 Jul 2016. We were in Dublin for a few days, so Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself headed north and tackled Slieve Donard, County Down's highest Point, also the highest point in Ulster. The day was fine with a few showers but the top was cloudy. However we got some good pictures on our way up. A lovely walk and unbelievable to see and walk beside the Mourne wall built around 1910 and still standing. We went From Donard Park through Donard Wood up the Glen River track turning left at the Mourne Wall and following the steep climb to the top. The walks saw us climb almost 820m with a return distance of 10 Km in just less than 4 hours.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/18824/
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Southern Man on Slieve Donard, 2006
by Southern Man  10 Apr 2006
Slieve Donard - Sat 08 April 06 - There are comments aplenty on MV re Slieve Donard. Our ascent on Saturday would not yield anything out of the ordinary: glorious sunny spells, frequent showers, some of hail and much snow at the summit.
What was different about this day however was the sad news of the body of a fellow walker found at the summit. We witnessed the Irish Coast Guard Sykorsky made a landing in very tricky conditions to retrieve the body and return him to his loved ones.
Cannot be sure of the cause of death at this stage, there is talk of a lightning strike. This sad episode was a stark reminder of how dangerous both the terrain and the elements can be to all those who take to the mountains.
For the man who didn't make it home, may he rest in peace. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2265/
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soupie01 on Slieve Donard, 2004
by soupie01  27 Mar 2004
Went up on 24/03/04, parked at donard car park and followed the glen river trail all the way to the mourne wall between donard and commedagh.
As i am still fairly new to hill walking I found the walk to the summit from here tough going,having to stop twice for a rest, but at the summit the views were amazing out over the irish sea to the isle of man, north to belfast and beyond and inland across the mournes, i have some pictures that i will upload,

All in all a great days walk, took me about 4 1/2 hours with about 15 mins at top for lunch Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/896/
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