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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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It is clearly the tallest of the Mournes, Slieve .. by mneary34   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
This is the mountain that started it all for me. .. by NICKY   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
hillwalker59 on Slieve Donard, 2008
by hillwalker59  11 Jul 2008
came up from newcastle tro the trees past the ice house on the glen river path in wonderful sun shine in early june 08 with the views improving with every metre climbed till we met the wall [mourne ] just above the zig zags when we got to the saddle where we rested and took in the amazing views....swinging left [south of east] we made our way up the last leg which was tough enough wirh the wall at our right all the way to the top....it took about 3 hours to get to the top but it was realy worth it with amazing views in all sides....after the photos and grub we struck off down hill [west of south] till we met the bloody bridge path where we crossed over the wall and picked up the brandy pad [path] which took us to hares gap having another break under the diamond rocks before climbing up to slieve commedagh with its tower just like the one on slieve donard which we saw early on in the day....going down hill [north east ] we picked up the glen river path which we used in the morning getting back to the car park tired but happy after a a great walk over some mighty mountains in the best of sun shine.....the mourenes like the sun shine are now [mid july 08 ] just happy memories....the above walk took about 7.5 hours bot the pace was only handy....hillwalker59.....the small farmer Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/3211/
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