Slieve Donard 850m mountain, Mourne Mountains Down Ireland at
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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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Climbed from the Donard car park on a Saturday, w .. by murphysw   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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! Trackback:
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