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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 806m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G10347 07975
Place visited by 325 members. Recently by: learykid, William-J, justynagru, TommyV, Grumbler, philmchale, therealcrow, John.geary, GSheehy, briankelly, mgriffin, Roswayman, maszop, glencree, Niamhq
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510317 807981,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Nephin, 10 char: Nephin
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Nephin is a problematic name and few sources venture an interpretation. It is mentioned as one of the twelve great mountains of Ireland in Cath Maige Tuired (The Second Battle of Moyturra), where it is called Nemthenn. This is suggestive of nemeton, a Gaulish term for a sacred clearing in a wood or sacred grove. The word recurs throughout the Celtic world, from the Galatian Drunemeton ('sacred oak-grove' in modern Turkey) to Nemetobriga in Spain and Aquae Arnemetiae, the sacred spring at Buxton in Derbyshire. The Old Irish fidnemed refers to a shrine in a forest. [Barry Cunliffe, The Ancient Celts]. There seem to be no survivals of traditions connected directly with Nephin to confirm this. However, Nephin's much lower neighbour Tristia (322m, 4km to the NW) was the site of Lughnasa celebrations until recent times [Máire MacNeill]. Glen Nephin is the only example of an Irish glen (apparently) named after the mountain overlooking it. Walks: for a route to the summit from the E, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 69.   Nephin is the highest mountain in the North Mayo area and the 36th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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My starting point was as G 117 060 A on the .. by damobreh   (Show all for Nephin)
What an unusual mountain to climb from any direct .. by Terry   (Show all for Nephin)
Climbed from the southwest yesterday. There is a .. by walker_hollick   (Show all for Nephin)
I have climbed and walked mountains on four conti .. by oldsoldier   (Show all for Nephin)
Geo on Nephin, 2009
by Geo  29 Aug 2009
On Thursday the 27th August, Year of our Lord (AD to people who aren't so long-winded!) 2009, I took on the 36th challenge of my 100 highest list, namely Nephin. By cosy coincidence it is also the the 36th highest on the list! On the road up through the north Leinster counties the weather was a little drizzly but there was hope of better to come. Unfortunately by the time my walking buddy met me and we were crossing the north of the fair county of Roscommon, the cloud had thickened and hope was evaporating of a dry day. I would warn people, who like me approach this hill from Foxford that unless you have a good road map, or the local OS map you may find it hard to get to the car park on the R312. Of course, there is always the possibility that I'm better at navigating off-road than on it! We aimed to park at G08354 05073 B as per old soldier's comment, but drove past it a couple of hundred metres north and found a fortunate double gateway entering fields with a fence running upwards from the road at G08154 05489 C. This was a little further on than the pylon mentioned by the aforementioned oldsoldier and brought us quickly upwards over very rough pasture to another fence, easily crossed and then onto the mountain proper. By this stage the rain was belting down and the wind was howling. The only saving grace was the fact that it was on our backs. The first hour or so was the hardest, climbing up to crest after crest until we reached the top ridge and then it was a relatively easy (or might have been if the weather wasn't so dreadful) finish, up to the trig point, using the handy cairns along the way to find our way easily. Peripheral vision was non existant as hoods were up to keep the cold and wet out! On the top we found shelter a little ways from the summit in a little stone wall a couple of metres long, enough to let us enjoy a quick hot drink and a sambo, but considering it was August we started to get very cold and after 10 minutes needed to retreat off the mountain or we would become victims of exposure. One can never be prepared enough for an Irish hill, they can throw weather at you any time of year that is nothing short of Armageddon! The return down was fast with the slope behind us, and we were back at the car in about three and a half hours. And the moral of the story? Even just a single mountain bagging should not be ever taken lightly, always, always, be prepared! But I loved it, perhaps next time I'll get the weather to see the local sights! Linkback:
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A steep quick way up .. by Andy13460   (Show all for Nephin)
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