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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
Place visited by 324 members. Recently by: William-J, justynagru, TommyV, Grumbler, philmchale, therealcrow, John.geary, GSheehy, briankelly, mgriffin, Roswayman, maszop, glencree, Niamhq, arderincorbett
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Longitude: -9.368351, Latitude: 54.01328 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510316 807984,   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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The isolated mountain central on the pic is Nephi .. by simon3   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Parked at Grid ref 083 052 A (close to rmiln .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Jamessheerin- I was on Nephin yesterday and was d .. by Jamessheerin   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin 2nd Jan 2009, parking the car at D .. by Big-Foot   (Show all for Nephin)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: View from Nephin towards Lough Conn
 
Anything but dull ...
by osullivanm  23 Apr 2012
Having read the many comments on Nephin, we decided to take the route as described by Harry Goodman happy in the knowledge that we were welcome to take this route. We climbed Nephin on Friday 20/4/2012 and our experience was almost identical to that described by Harry. We met the friendly farmer and his wife (preceded by a slighly frightening approach by their eight dogs) and were assured that we were very welcome to climb Nephin and were directed to the stiles he had put in place for walkers.
It was a remarkably sunny day which made for great views during the whole c. 800m ascent , culminating in a 360 degree panoramic view at the top. After a leisurely descent we had a lovely chat with the farmer who was tending the many sheep and lambs (including three black ones) around the farmhouse. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/6786/
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Walked Nephin on Sat 3rd July at 10:00 from the w .. by baxter   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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