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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
Place visited by 1434 members. Recently by: TimmyMullen, dino, Aneta.jablonska, michaelseaver, Solliden, Barrington1978, abptraining, croche, J_Murray, Hillwalker65, sliabhdunner, marktrengove, cmcv10, Patbrdrck, gibneyst
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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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Into Triple figures! .. by Dessie1   (Show all for Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt))
 
Mournes Daytrip: Part Vb (19/09/22)
by dino  3 Oct 2022
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A short rest at the bottom and off it was up the constant slog that is Donard to reach the summit cairn beside the Wall tower that is visible from the bottom. It was a delight to reach the summit and to be the highest person in Ulster for 30sec but it was a crowded and noisy path and summit today. I had a good wander around to admire the views before dropping back down to the col to find a quieter spot to enjoy a well earned cup of tea and a second lunch.
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The last leg of my day was to drop down the well marked path to the Glen River and then follow that back into Newcastle. It was nice to see the river develop along its length, gathering power and speed and with multiple waterfalls to provide excuses to stop and rest while admiring the view. Entering the trees above Newcastle again I was dismayed to find evidence of drinking, rubbish and abandoned fires where people had been partying or camping in the woods. It would be better that such people cleaned up their own mess but I wish there were better services in place to clean up areas like this when they are spoiled. Abandoned items like this encourage others to be disrespectful also.
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Arriving back to the car park I had 18km completed with 1260m of elevation. Total time was slightly over 8hrs with a moving time of 5.5hrs. I realised a few days later that my route was the same as Paddy Dillon’s Walk 4 from “Exploring the North of Ireland” but in reverse.
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Full blog and photos here: https://niallharran.com/2022/09/27/mournes-daytrip-part-ii/
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YouTube Video here: https://youtu.be/lEZ32CbACvI
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