Mweelrea 814m mountain, Mweelrea Mountains Mayo Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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MweelreaMountainMaol Réidh A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc Maol Réidh [GE], 'bald hill with the smooth top')County Highpoint of Mayo in Connacht Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock
Height:814mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37Grid Reference: L78983 66810 Place visited by 793 members. Recently by: ColmGeraghty, obanboy, ronan_og, dregish, GerryCarroll, holmpatrick, DSutherland, RockyCaver, declantb, padstowe, Magnetic_fields, hak493r, conormcg, Maire-Ni, DonegalHiker I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Mweelrea is the highest mountain in Connacht. The use of the adjective réidh, ‘smooth’, does not have many parallels in Irish hill-names and seems rather unsuited to rugged Mweelrea. Whilst impossible to prove, it seems plausible that this was once a Brittonic name containing bre, comparable to Welsh moelfre ‘bald hill’, of which there are at least seven instances in Wales. A number of townlands in Co. Down called Drummiller or Miller Hill could well have the same origin, the addition of tautological Ir. droim or Eng. hill being a later development.
Mweelrea is the highest mountain in the Mweelrea Mountains area and the 35th highest in Ireland. Mweelrea is the highest point in county Mayo. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/