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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: 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: Donalds members on Donard
 
Donalds Hill walking club
by Derry259  12 May 2010
Sunday 9th May....first walk of Donald's Hill Walking Club...members:Myself, Two Shovel's Cunningham, Mucky trousers Brendan and new convert to the hills Big Frank McIntyre...
We took the well worn route from Donard carpark up the Glen river, up and down Donard, over Commedagh, across Corragh and Slievenaglough to the Hare's Gap and then back via the Brandy pad to the Saddle and down into Newcastle...
Brilliant days walking enjoyed by all, especially big Frank who flew up Donard (we told him there was a pub on top)...A few club rules were decided upon, the main one being that the site for teabreaks are chosen when Brendan falls and Two Shovel's has been nominated as club environmental officer (please lift your litter so we don't have to listen him complain)...
The day was finished off by a pint and a bite to eat in McCann's Bar which can be entered by Donard Carpark (Brilliant food at a reasonable price, yet Mucky trousers still moaned).. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/4721/
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