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TruskmoreMountainTrosc Mór A name in IrishIr. Trosc Mór [OSI], poss. 'big barren/rocky hill’ [PDT]County Highpoint of Sligo in Connacht Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone Bedrock
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The summit, which is the highest point in Co. Sligo, is surmounted by a TV mast. An access road climbs to the mast from Gleniff. There is a small but widespread group of place-names containing the element trosc in the counties along the western and northern coasts of Ireland. P.W. Joyce explained these with the word trosc meaning ‘cod’ (fish), either from a fancied resemblance of the hill’s profile to the shape of a cod, or from the prevalence of cod in the nearby seas (INP iii 586). However, neither of these explanations stand up to scrutiny. The fifteen different hills and townlands involved present a variety of quite different shapes, such as cones or flattened piles, which seems to rule out a resemblance to a fish. Some examples are 15km or more inland, making an illusion to rich fishing grounds unlikely. It seems more likely that trosc is simply an ancient Irish word for a hill which is steep and/or rocky, a word which now only survives in this group of place-names. It is also possible that the word denotes unproductive land which is poor, even for sheep grazing. It may well consist of tor, ‘rock’, metathesised to tro- and combined with the suffix -sc. Truskmore is quite rocky in parts and the land is rough pasture.
Truskmore is the highest mountain in the Dartry Mountains area and the 206th highest in Ireland. Truskmore is the highest point in county Sligo. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/