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: -5.920898, Latitude: 54.180238 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735715 827695,   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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