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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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brianmcguinness on Slieve Donard, 2008
by brianmcguinness  9 Jun 2008
We Parked at bloody bridge on Saturday 7th June and headed up the path not really sure what to expect. Through the gate and your on a gently sloping clear path running beside the river with lovely pure clear pools of mourne water every few meters. After about half an hour we reached the quarry and took the right hand side path up over the ridge. Five minutes later and the view hits you right in the face. Slieve binian to the left all the way across the Annalong horseshoe to Donard opens up before you. Perfect pic stop. At this point you also suddenly realise that Donard is going to take your breath away in more ways than one. The Mourne wall ahead rises steeply to the right up the mountainside. I opt for the walking on the wall option and go for it. At this stage it's pretty warm and with the head down it can get quite dizzying to look at the wall as you walk ,so I take plenty of breaks to admire the spectacular view and catch my breath and balance. It takes focus to keep going and seeing the wall rise steeply in front gives mixed feelings of 'oh good God, will it ever end' to 'nearly there, nearly there'...A false peak makes me gasp as I realise there's still some way to go to the top.....When you see the triangulation point appear over the last ridge, your heart leaps and spurns you on for the last few meters. Trust me, it's all worth the effort, the view from the top is one of the best in Ireland. Sandwiches and tea all round go down well while we discussed our shock at how bloody steep the walk from bloody bridge was. I was disappointed to see some rubbish blow across in front of us, there seemed to be a few groups of people who were more interested in shouting conversations and littering than looking at the view around them. Downhill is tough too and after a few attacks of shaky leg syndrome and a dip in an ice cold mountain stream we made it back to bloody bridge, impressed and tired. Overall Donard is a fantastic climb with some of the best views I've seen. It's accessibility has both positives and negatives. Next time I climb Donard it will be a 6am start to beat the crowds and enjoy the views without mars bar wrappers flying past and hearing the latest gossip from Johnny about 'the lass at the bar' at full volume. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2004
by Bleck Cra  15 Nov 2004
The sweetly smelling feethills ......... Linkback:
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CaptainVertigo on Slieve Donard, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  24 Apr 2005
(24.04.05) Navan Hillwalkers discuss tactics on the summit of Commedagh with Slieve Donard in the background. The man on the right of the picture (horizontal position) is not a casualty. In fact he is the Navan Cloud Watcher: always on the look out for unusual formations. Linkback:
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Picture: Slieve Donard from the Cooleys
mneary34 on Slieve Donard, 2005
by mneary34  24 Oct 2005
It is clearly the tallest of the Mournes, Slieve Donard as viewed from near the summit of Slieve Foye in the Cooleys with Carlingford Lough in the foreground. Linkback:
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NICKY on Slieve Donard, 2006
by NICKY  28 Nov 2006
This is the mountain that started it all for me. I decided to do something for charity and somebody sugested Slieve Donard. At this time I was 16st and I am only 5ft 8! As you can imagine it nearly killed me. The relief to arrive at the top was a defining moment in my life and was the spur to diet, get fit and proceed to try and climb every mountain I can get to. Some 300 mountains later this place holds a special bond with me. If you haven't climbed it yet, do! This photo was taken in January 2004. I started from Dundrum, along the beach, through Donard Park and up to our highest point. A special day! Linkback:
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hillwalker59 on Slieve Donard, 2008
by hillwalker59  11 Jul 2008
came up from newcastle tro the trees past the ice house on the glen river path in wonderful sun shine in early june 08 with the views improving with every metre climbed till we met the wall [mourne ] just above the zig zags when we got to the saddle where we rested and took in the amazing views....swinging left [south of east] we made our way up the last leg which was tough enough wirh the wall at our right all the way to the took about 3 hours to get to the top but it was realy worth it with amazing views in all sides....after the photos and grub we struck off down hill [west of south] till we met the bloody bridge path where we crossed over the wall and picked up the brandy pad [path] which took us to hares gap having another break under the diamond rocks before climbing up to slieve commedagh with its tower just like the one on slieve donard which we saw early on in the day....going down hill [north east ] we picked up the glen river path which we used in the morning getting back to the car park tired but happy after a a great walk over some mighty mountains in the best of sun shine.....the mourenes like the sun shine are now [mid july 08 ] just happy memories....the above walk took about 7.5 hours bot the pace was only handy....hillwalker59.....the small farmer Linkback:
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