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Mourne Mountains Area   E: Donard Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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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 19th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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djouce on Slieve Donard, 2003
by djouce  2 Jun 2003
Climbed Slieve Donard in the rain from the car park in Newcastle. There is a cut stone path most of the way to the top. Back down by the Glen River - specatacular in spate. Large numbers of adults were being baptised in the river as we descended. Total time 4.5 hours. Linkback:
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stephenfarley on Slieve Donard, 2004
by stephenfarley  9 Mar 2004
Climbed in the snow up the Glen River to the middle coll then up the wall to the summit of Donard, passing ice climbers on the way. Treacherous in parts as the streams had frozen over the path to the coll, but worth the trouble as the summit revealed a glorious view, Cavehill in Belfast clearly visible,where we had been the previous week. Tough quick walk to the top from the coll, will blow away the cobwebs. total time taken four hours, with twenty minutes on the summit for lunch. Linkback:
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nealer on Slieve Donard, 2004
by nealer  31 May 2004
The weather forecast said "90% chance of rain" but we set off to scale Donard regardless, and what a reward we got! The sun shone through the clouds which resulted in a very warm day. We set off from Donard Park and climbed up the Glen River Path until the edge of the forest. We then met some Germans who were lost and asked us for directions, this was a good laugh as we did not speak German but still managed to point them in the correct direction. The climb up the saddle between Donard and Commedagh is steep and required a few stops to catch our breath and to admire the view, we could see well into the middle of N.Ireland from this point, although the height we had climbed meant the cloud covered the rest, which if we had waited long enough, I'm sure would have cleared to reveal Belfast. The summit climb is steady and would be easy enough to complete in under an hour, once at the top, the views were simply outstanding. Towards Newcastle we could see far into the distance, the opposite side and stunning views of the rest of the mountains behind Donard were crystal clear. Walking past the cairn revealed a wild wind which unfortunately brought in some cloud to cover the views, but we had seen enough. At the top, we had a small one-use bbq and some burgers, which we ended up sharing with the Germans who seemed very grateful. We returned to the car park the way we came, and all in all it took us 5 hours, with an hour and a bit for lunch, so really the climb took 3.5 hours.

It was amazing, meeting many people from Germany, England, Holland etc, and all so friendly. They all commented on how friendly we Northern Irish folk are. My only concern, was that since my last summit climb in July 2003, the rubbish in the Mourne Area has increased, which I feel is very sad, so if you are climbing in the Mournes, or in fact, any Mountain Area's, please take your rubbish with you. Thanks! Linkback:
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Picture: Isle of Man from Slieve Donard
mneary34 on Slieve Donard, 2006
by mneary34  19 Sep 2006
From the summit of Slieve Donard we could see the tops of the Isle of Man mountains above the early morning sea mist as viewed in this photo. It was a spectacular sight. Linkback:
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Picture: View from Slieve Donard
Natalie0208 on Slieve Donard, 2008
by Natalie0208  21 Jan 2008
View from Slieve Donard towards Slieve Beg and Cove Mountain (May 2007)

We had a beautiful day with lots of sunshine despite when we arrived at the top of Slieve Donard and were greeted by a hail shower. Linkback:
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Picture: Approaching the summit up the Mourne wall from the West. [Inset: the wall corner at the summit.]
etrino on Slieve Donard, 2010
by etrino  7 Jan 2010
We hadn't packed our mountain gear for our stay in Newcastle in July 2009, and the weather was very wet that week, but one day we could see the mountain top and set off from Donard Park. A straightforward and worthwhile walk.
(I still think it's cheating to put the triangulation pillar so high up on the wall at the summit!) Linkback:
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