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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Picture: My first view of the Mournes from Donard
wicklore on Slieve Donard, 2008
by wicklore  23 Jul 2008
My very first trip to the Mournes was in March’07. Not only was I intending to climb Donard but I really wanted to see the infamous Mourne Wall too. I left Dublin early and eventually found my way to Donard Park carpark in Newcastle at approx J 376 307 I.
I followed the track from the carpark up along the Glen River. It was a nice walk which got me warmed up on that very cold day. Following the track brought me to a useful information board at approx J366 297 J, which described a curious Ice House situated further along the track across the river. The track then led past this Ice House and into the valley below Donard and Commedagh. Being my first trip to the Mournes I was surprised at how easy this navigation was-far different from staring across featureless bog in deepest Wicklow! Just following this clear track was going to bring me from the carpark right up to the col below Donard!
The stone track brought me to the top of the valley, across a stream and headed up to the col in a series of steps. It had been getting progressively colder and extra layers were needed. Also snow lay on the valley slopes. I discovered that the track up to the col was covered in ice in many places and impossible to walk on. I scrambled up beside it but it was difficult and I needed my wits about me. I had seen the Mourne Wall from below but it disappeared from view as I climbed. I was thrilled when I eventually reached it. To seasoned Mourne walkers the Wall is an everyday thing that is probably invisible to them, but to me it was the Thing of Legend. I admired the breathtaking views from the Wall across the Mournes. A fantastic stile allowed an easy climb over the Wall. I couldn’t name any of the unfamiliar summits. It was too cold to take out the map and snow lay all across the hills.
I then turned left to begin the trek up along the Wall to the summit of Donard. I had never seen such a steep climb, and snow lay in deep drifts to further test my will.
The details of that tortuous and soul-sapping climb would require a book in itself but suffice to say I made it. The accompanying photo shows the majesty of the snow-covered view from Donard that day. I was really getting a baptism of fire!
My plan to retrace my steps was out of the question due to the lethal ice-covered track below the col so I headed South along the Wall to find the route to Bloody Bridge. The snow was 3 feet deep in places on this side and another survival adventure ensued. I followed the Wall to approx J 353 268 K and turned left. Eventually I reached the Bloody Bridge and a Bloody Long Walk back to Newcastle and my car. An excellent day and an excellent introduction to the Mournes! Trackback:
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