The Playbank 542m mountain, Breifne Iron Mountains Ireland at
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Breifne Area   Iron Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 665m
Maximum height for area: 665 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres,

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The Playbank Mountain Sliabh na Cille A name in Irish
also Slievenakilla an extra name in English
Leitrim County, in Arderin List, Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal Bedrock

Height: 542m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26 Grid Reference: H03328 25835
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Longitude: -7.949801, Latitude: 54.181507 , Easting: 203328, Northing: 325835 Prominence: 187m,  Isolation: 5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 603276 825840,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPlyb, 10 char: ThPlybnk
Bedrock type: Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal, (Lackagh Sandstone Formation)

Also known as The Playground [OS ½] or Slievenakilla. The name The Playbank relates to the festive assembly held on the mountain on the last Sunday of July, at which sports and dancing took place (Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 181-82). Also called Carrignahasta.   The Playbank is the 438th highest place in Ireland.

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Isolated Peak of Interest to Rock Climbers .. by group   (Show all for The Playbank)
Way up from Corcashel .. by eflanaga   (Show all for The Playbank)
A pleasant ridge walk from the summit of Sliabhna .. by Tom Caslin   (Show all for The Playbank)
Climbed from the S, driving along a rough track a .. by gerrym   (Show all for The Playbank)
Of The Western World .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for The Playbank) Picture about mountain The Playbank in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: Large cairn near the summit of The Playbank
A lonely top worthy of attention.
by Harry Goodman  13 Jul 2011
I climbed this mountain on Sat 18 June 2011. We took the R 200 E out of Dowra to Corcashel and parked at H0070026950 I on the right where there was room to pull off road in front of a high wire fenced enclosure for a water/sewage installation. Walking NE along the road for about 100 metres we turned up a tarred lane also on the right H0080027000 A. Although the surface is driveable we found that further up it became quite a rough track which eventually was really only fit for tractors. In addition parking would be a problem. About Ikm into the walk we took a left fork, near some derilict farm buildings, passed through a metal gate and ascend up a winding green lane, with a stream on the right, to another gate. Unfortunately I had left my GPS in the car and was unable to mark any of the points on the route for future reference! Having crossed over the gate we continued up the fence line keeping it to our right. The going was rough through untracked deep heather and tussocky grass. Further up we crossed over to the right side of the stream and found the going easier. Ahead we could see a large rock outcrop, with a finger like detached boulder, sitting out from the main cliff face. As we climbed we started to pick up patches of a path (sheep track) which evenually swung us around to the right avoiding the cliff face and made for a small grassy steep climb up on to the rim of the escarpment at around H0250025900 J. Initially we walked NNE along the rim but after a short time decided to make directly for the top to the SE across a broad, hummocky, boggy and peat hagged moorland crest for almost 1km to the Trig Pillar at 542m. From the top we had fine views of Slieve Anierin and the Arigna Mountains to the S and SW and across NW to the Sligo Mountains. Due N from the top amout 140 metres away is a large well constructed stone cairn (see photo), which stands on the edge of cliffs, with a fine view down over the valley around Glangevlin and across to the Cuilcagh massif as a backdrop. On our way down we followed the edge along the cliffs for a couple of hundred metres, taking care to stay on the left side of the fence and speculated on the advantage of following it around to the point we joined the rim earlier on, rather than cross the moorland crest. However on the way up we had noted a spur running from SE to NW along the mountain with some interesting large rock formations and thought we would go and have a look at these before descending. We therefore headed up NW and across the broad moorland crest to the rocks in question. As this took us a few hundred metres W of our upward route we headed down a broad grassy spur to pick up the stream we followed on our ascent and then down to the start. A throughly enjoyable walk of some 8km,475m of ascent, in around 3 hours. Trackback:
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