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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Donard from Sliabh Muck .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
I just thought I would share an interesting story .. by tony   (Show all for Slieve Donard) Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
GWPR on Slieve Donard, 2004
by GWPR  10 Feb 2004
Inspired by David Kirk’s excellent book “The Mountains of Mourne” and also by Comments in Mountain Views I decided to venture into The Mournes!

I chose Slieve Donard at my starting point despite differing views expressed in Mountain Views.
I’m glad I read ct_armstrong’s comment of 18/05/03 – “Slieve Donard must not be dismissed!” How right he is!

I started at Newcastle and went through Donard Wood, a beautiful place with the Glen River tumbling down cascades to green pools of water. Following the Glen River I eventually arrived at a magnificent glen with Slieve Commedagh on my right and Slieve Donard on my left. What a fabulous setting! A granite causeway leads up to the Mourne Wall at a col between Sl. Donard and Sl. Commedagh.

Some of the granite steps were iced over and care was needed here.
When I arrived at this point the views disappeared in a heavy snow shower.
I looked over the Mourne Wall into a whiteout! Had I come this far to see nothing?
I followed the great Mourne wall to the summit of Slieve Donard and arrived at the
Stone tower and trig point _- the top of the Mournes! All I saw was the Mourne Wall
disappear into the white. I met a hardy soul who advised me to wait a few minutes – “It might clear briefly”, he said. Sure enough it did and what views!
The Mourne Wall snaked down Slieve Donard and crept up Slieve Commedagh. This great wall is probably the only snake left in Ireland!

I peeped over the Mourne Wall again and now the Mournes were revealed in all their glory! Looking across the Annalong Valley were snow covered Binnian, Lamagan, and Cove.
The Devil’s Coachroad looked treacherously iced up while Bearnagh and Slievenagloch seemed to invite me on – another day! (Photo).
I followed the Mourne Wall and ascended Slieve Commedagh, hurrying now as the snow started again. No views this time as the snow clouds closed in and did not clear.
Grateful for its navigational security I followed the wall back to the col and descended carefully to the upper Glen River track.
What views, though some were only glimpsed briefly, I will be back!
mhughes 23/12/02 recommends Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Binnian - next on my list! Trackback:
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David Kirk (19.02.05) By accident (embarassingly .. by David Kirk   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
While enjoying a few days break in Newcastle over .. by darrenf   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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