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Devilsmother Far North Top Mountain For origin of name, see Devilsmother. Mayo County, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 601m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L91999 64338
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Longitude: -9.632811, Latitude: 53.617877 , Easting: 91999, Northing: 264338 Prominence: 26m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 491972 764356,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DvlsFr, 10 char: DvlsmtFrNr
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

This hill is named Mogarlyandoon on William Bald's map of Co. Mayo (1830). This is clearly from Ir. Magairlí an Deamhain, 'the demon’s testicles', (see Devilsmother). The name appears to refer to hillocks on this ridge. There is another instance of this colourful name in Glencalry (between Slieve Fyagh and Maumakeogh) on Bald's map, where it appears as Moggerlyandoon. There is also Magairle, a western spur of An Chailleach in the Twelve Bens, marked on Tim Robinson's map of Connemara.   Devilsmother Far North Top is the 284th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Breathtaking views from the Devilsmother ridge
Have you seen the Devils bits?
by wicklore  1 Dec 2010
Above Leenane on the Galway/Mayo border sits the Devilsmother ridge. This ridge is home to both the main Devilsmother summit and the Devilsmother North Top which sits at the northern end of the ridge overlooking the Leenane – Westport road. Devilsmother North Top has also been known as Magairlí an Deamhain, or ‘The Demons Testicles’. There is a theory that this actually refers to a couple of knobbly bumps on the ridge as opposed to the northern summit itself. What is clear is that ‘Magairlí an Deamhain’ definitely refers to something here, as evidenced by early 19th century maps.

So how did ‘The Demons Testicles’ end up being translated as ‘Devilsmother’? While I haven’t been able to confirm the origin of this mistranslation, I can offer an anecdotal story about it. In the 19th century British surveyors came to this area.

“What is that mountain there called?’ they asked the locals.

“Magairlí an Deamhain”, they replied.

“What does that mean?” asked the surveyors, keen to get English names for their maps.

“The Demons Testicles”, replied the locals.

“What!” spluttered the offended surveyors. “What kind of unholy name is that? We can’t call it that! We shall have to change it to ‘Devilsmother’ instead. That will be a more acceptable name to have on a map”.

(It is unknown if the locals were being honest about the name, or whether they were just sticking it to the British surveyors!)

Devilsmother North Top can be accessed by parking at a lay by beside a bridge at L935 655 A. This gives access to the Glenacally valley, which is bounded by the Devilsmother ridge, Maumtrasna and Knocklaur. I was told by a local farmer that access to the valley is permitted. Cross the river and follow a fence into the valley for several hundred metres before heading directly up the steep slopes to gain the Devilsmother ridge. Concentration is needed not to slip on the sodden grass. After climbing 400 metres a level area is reached, with a further 130 metres steep climb to the summit. There are amazing views in all directions of all the main Connemara and Mayo mountains. After such a hard won summit (having had to climb most of its 600 metres), it is a relatively easy walk along the wide ridge to the main Devilsmother summit about 2kms distant. This is well worth the walk as you can then definitely claim to have walked on ‘Magairlí an Deamhain’, as you cross the knobbly bumps along the way! Also the spectacular views of Killary Fjord and points beyond open up as you travel along the ridge. For those with several more hours to spare, the ridge connecting Devilsmother to Knocklaur and Maumtrasna is at about L920 630 E.

One final word of caution: All the slopes facing into the Gennacally valley, whether from the Devilsmother ridge, Knocklaur or Maumtrasna are very steep, or even cliffs in places. When planning a walk here, ensure you plan the return journey with great care, as it’s easier to climb a wet slope than descend one. Linkback:
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