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Inishowen Area   Cen: Slieve Snaght Subarea
Place count in area: 27, OSI/LPS Maps: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 
Highest place:
Slieve Snaght, 615m
Maximum height for area: 615 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 600 metres,

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Slieve Snaght Mountain Sliabh Sneachta A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Sneachta [DUPN], 'mountain of snow') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Psammitic schist with pebbly grit beds Bedrock

Height: 615m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C42449 39001
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Longitude: -7.334244, Latitude: 55.196412 , Easting: 242449, Northing: 439001 Prominence: 600m,  Isolation: 1.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 642388 938998,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slv615, 10 char: SlvSngh615
Bedrock type: Psammitic schist with pebbly grit beds, (Upper Crana Quartzite Formation)

There is a tradition of pilgrimage to Slieve Snaght and a well near the summit is associated with a cure for blindness (Tobar na Súl) [Colhoun]. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 145-46) for details of the festive assembly on Slieve Snaght. The mountain is said to be so named because snow lies on it until the fair of Carndonagh, which is the 21st of May [OSNB]. Its satellites are Slieve Main, Crocknamaddy and Damph. A limelight erected on the summit of Slieve Snaght was observed on Divis by the Ordnance Survey in 1825. This enabled them to establish trigonometrical baselines and link the Irish survey to the English one, before going on to survey the whole country of Ireland.   Slieve Snaght is the highest mountain in the Inishowen area and the 261st highest in Ireland.

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Picture: Thomas Drummond
The heights, successes and perils of hill-surveying.
by simon3  14 Oct 2013
Slieve Snaght was the site of experiments in early surveying in October 1825. Thomas Drummond a Scot, inventor and officer in the Royal Engineers camped out on the top as part of the tests.

Their aim was allow the top to be seen from Divis near Belfast, some 106.6km away. The problem was doing this in the often hazy air. They tried using a heliotrope during the day. This is essentially a mirror to reflect the sun. The way that ultimately proved more successful was to use the Drummond Light, an intense light source, which was essentially the progenitor of "limelight" as used for many years in theatres before the advent of electricity.

Drummond was on Slieve Snaght with some 12 soldiers and a mini camp ( which included a cookhouse! ) and there were assistants on Divis watching as required. Coordination between the two peaks was obviously difficult and transmitted by letters which took days to travel, with stories of letter-carriers getting lost on mountainsides.

The Drummond Light is also interesting and was the most intense light source available in the nineteenth century. Drummond had refined earlier versions of this. It is based on properties of calcium oxide (quicklime). This substance doesn't melt until it reaches 2,572 °C. It can be heated t so hot that it incandenesces a very white colour. The heating was achieved by burning oxygen and alcohol in a flame directed at the piece of quicklime. Another process called candoluminescence whereby the hot gases created by the burning become even hotter than the flame or the quicklime creates further brightness.

Imagine therefore a group of men with a magnificent Victorian contraption battling atrocious weather to maintain the light for long agreed periods hoping that someone could see it but not actually verifying this for days.

Drummond wrote "The wind encreased to a gale and a sweeping Shower of rain passed over the Mountain... What a Villainous Climate."

Drummond had also proposed the use of limelight for use in lighthouses as well as theatres but moved on to other things and to an early death as this quotation (from a third hand source) may reveal:

"However, Drummond, deeply impressed by the terrible situation of Ireland and he had observed during the Survey, had suddenly glided into politics and the Drummond light would never be really applied to lighthouses . Ireland became Drummond’s adoptive country and he was appointed from 1835 to his death in 1840, as “Irish under -secretary” in Dublin, a very high position in which he acquired “the affections of the masses of the people”. His untimely death was a long - term consequence of “a long and severe illness” caught during the Survey where “ he had suffered much from inclement weather and from frequently standing in deep water”.

Let us hope that the hill-surveying that MountainViews does today does not result in any fatalities, delayed or otherwise.

Sources: The Early Years of the Ordnance Survey by Charles Close, 1929
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