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Dublin Area   S: Kippure & Kilbride Subarea
Place count in area: 18, OSI/LPS Maps: 43, 50, 56, AWW, EW-DM, EW-WE, EW-WW 
Highest place:
Kippure, 757m
Maximum height for area: 757 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 262 metres,

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Seahan Mountain Suíochán A name in Irish, also Seechon, also Suidhe Mhic na Baintrighe an extra EastWest name in Irish (Ir. Suíochán [PWJ*], 'seat' ) Dublin County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule Bedrock

Height: 647.3m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O08119 19696
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Longitude: -6.382208, Latitude: 53.216951 , Easting: 308120, Northing: 219697 Prominence: 93.8m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 708045 719726,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Seahan, 10 char: Seahan
Bedrock type: Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule, (Butter Mountain Formation)

Seahan has two megalithic cairns on its summit. Liam Price noted that Seahan appears on the Down Survey maps as Seavick na bantree and rightly interpreted this as Ir. Suidhe Mhic na Baintrighe, 'seat of the widow's son'. However, he believed that the story behind the name would never be understood: This curious name must have some reference to old traditions about the ancient burial cairns which crown the top of this mountain. All such traditions about this place have long ago disappeared (The Antiquities and Place Names of South County Dublin, Dublin Historical Record, vol. ii, no. 4, 121-33). While the precise story may never be recovered, it should be noted that Mac na Baintrí, the widow's son, is a common figure in Irish folktales whose characteristics are eternal persistence and ingenuity in the face of adversity.   Seahan is the third highest mountain in the Dublin area and the 206th highest in Ireland. Seahan is the third highest point in county Dublin.

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Airy views over Kildare from this well positioned .. by group   (Show all for Seahan (Suíochán))
The name Seahan is said to come from ‘Suíochán’. .. by padodes   (Show all for Seahan (Suíochán))
The OS sheet only indicates a cairn and megalithi .. by padodes   (Show all for Seahan (Suíochán))
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Looking southwards from Seahan, the hazy planes o .. by padodes   (Show all for Seahan (Suíochán)) Picture about mountain Seahan (<i>Suíochán</i>) in area Dublin, Ireland
Picture: Imprompto ice sculpture atop snow-blasted bracken near 5,300 year old Megalithic cairn.
Normal walk up Dublin Neighbour turns into Ethereal Christmas Cairnscape!
by Ronan119  2 Jan 2021
Walked up to Seahan in December from the forest path coming up from Ballinascorney.
Walked through the forest and saw a herd of Shetland ponies coupled with a larger Horse of unknown breed. After getting over the fence, (I do not recommend this route!) I got to the main track which runs parallel with the Dodder/Bohernabreena reservoir
below, rapidly passing out routing fairweather walkers who had evidently not bargained for the encroaching mist, or gods help them, actual height of the mountains.

At this stage, there was almost no sound, and the corpses of cut down trees which garnish the ground cast ghoulish shadows worthy of any great war reenactment.
As the mist grew fatter, I heard a strange noise piercing the mountainside, and my imagination summoned Demons of ancient myth from Fomorians to Fir Bolg. I also knew I was now a star of a 'think we're alone now' cover. However I realized what the unwelcome sight was: a solo Quad-biker who felt utterly entitled to churn up the trackway (which is already in a sorry state), though he was actually polite - I resisted the urge to pull a Braveheart on him for his environmental sacrilege, nonetheless I feel this should not be encouraged. Not long after, I noticed ice sheeting the rivulets of water which trickled off the hillside, and finally I reached the snowline, where layered feathers of the North Pole's best transformed the scene into a soundless moonscape. Stalagmitic daggers hung off the nearby bogland, and I noticed a sculpture of ice somebody had erected atop some bracken nearby - to which I added an axelike shard of rock from nearby. I pressed on and, only 100 metres away, the Cairn emerged from the mist like the prow of a ship near some far-flung glacier.

I stood on the Cairn (which has centuries on the Pyramids and was already ancient when the Romans first conquered our Welsh neighbours). The so-called 'Ava's monument' on top had been blasted by ice and yet there was almost no wind. Indeed the scene was a churchlike silence to which I can do justice only by encouraging repeat walks by others when similar conditions allow and align. Tried being smart and covering a new route on the way back as the darkness rose-all I will say is, don't do that. Anyway. Some say the ancients believed these monuments were a gateway to another world. After my experience, I can't say as they were wrong. Linkback:
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