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Mourne Mountains Area   E: Donard Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY 
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
Place visited by 1488 members. Recently by: crochie2, kelley, Lyner, Moirabourke, Padraigin, DoloresMcmenamin, Nailer1967, Enda66, konrad, Marykerry, paulbohs, JohnFinn, Kaszmirek78, Sarahjb, DeirdreM
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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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It seems most of our number respectfully adhered .. by Spiderman   (Show all for Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt))
Finally got to make my debut in hill walking yest .. by paulocon   (Show all for Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt))
Great views .. by peadarmc   (Show all for Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt))
From Donard Park .. by paddyobpc   (Show all for Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt))
Mournes Daytrip: Part Va(19/09/22)
by dino  3 Oct 2022
Leaving Slievenaglogh it was a steep drop down to Hare’s Gap. The ground here is heavily eroded in sections but stones have been laid to stop further degradation and to make the track easier to negotiate. It’s unfortunate that some sections now have that step like appearance but in fairness it has been done in the best way possible to blend with the hillside environment.
Hare’s Gap, marked by its large cairn and gate in the wall, provided great views down the Trassey Track towards Meelmore and gave an impressive feel to the climb up to Slieve Bearnagh. I’m not used to these towering peaks in Donegal and it certainly created a sense of awe. The large grassy area was a popular resting spot and destination for a couple of families having a picnic. Having had a very enjoyably lonely day so far I moved on quickly to get away from the unwelcome noise.
The Brandy Pad contours across the side of the ridge that I’d just come along so I was effectively walking back on myself. The path is clear and distinct as you would expect for a trail with such historic significance. It’s easy walking with the river on the right dropping down into the valley towards Ben Crom and multiple little streams flowing down from the hillside on the left. Ample opportunities to top up my water but I’d managed to leave my filter at home!
Eventually the path starts to rise up towards the base of Slieve Beg. I was tempted to head across but I already had a big day planned, still had to summit Slieve Donard and wasn’t sure how much extra time it would add on to the day. Just over this little ridge I had the best of views of the craggy cliffs below Commedagh known as The Castles.
Down into the head of the Annalong Valley with the river left to snake naturally along the valley floor I left the main path along a faint track that curves around the base of Commedagh to bring me back to the Wall and the col between Donard and Commedagh. Approaching the stile I could hear a hum of voices on the other side and realised that the unexpected Bank Holiday (The Queen’s funeral) and the good weather had drawn people out to climb Donard.
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