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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, 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
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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 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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A wonderful experience .. by keith_flynn   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin from the west in the mist on Frida .. by rmilne   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off fro .. by donieg   (Show all for Nephin)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: access gate R312
 
september 2010
by davidkilleen  28 Sep 2010
Thanks to Harry Goodman and others for their helpful comments. I climbed Nephin on Friday 24th September. I thought I would attach a photo showing the access gate to the mountain from R312.

I spoke to the farmer and he was very helpful in terms of directing me to the start of the climb. He also said that he was happy for people to access the mountian via his property as long as they close gates as they go.

The dogs weren't too bad by the way so don't be put off by them!

Great climb and absolutely wonderful views of much of Mayo. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/6116/
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Northern circuit .. by concorde   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Less trodden path .. by Fergal Meath   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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