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The Priests Leap Mountain Léim an tSagairt A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. ‡Léim an tSagairt [PDT], 'the priest's leap') Cork/ Kerry County, in Arderin List, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 519m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: V97826 60646
Place visited by 92 members. Recently by: DNicholson, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, Grumbler, magnumpig, GoldCircle, hivisibility, Ulsterpooka, FrankMc1964, sfoley, strangeweaver, sbender, ilenia, Wilderness, melohara
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Longitude: -9.481223, Latitude: 51.78917 , Easting: 97826, Northing: 60646 Prominence: 54m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 497816 560691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPrst, 10 char: ThPrstsLp
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The Priest's Leap is properly the name of a rock at the top of the pass between Kenmare and Bantry. There are various versions of the story which account for the name. Seán Ó Súilleabháin reports that the most commonly accepted one relates how a Father James Archer SJ, in search of volunteers for the defence of the O'Sullivan Beara castle at Dunboy in 1602, was chased across the mountain by enemy soldiers. From the rock here, he is said to have jumped his horse onto a rock a mile from Bantry town. As you reach the road below, you meet an iron cross erected to commemorate the feat (Walk Guide - Southwest of Ireland, 28). The circumstances behind the pursuit of the priest are historical, though the fantastic leap recalls the superhuman feats of earlier eras by legendary characters such as Cú Chulainn and the Cailleach Bhéirre. Previously Cummeenshrule in MV. Also Knockboy West Top.   The Priests Leap is the 506th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Glengarriff from Cummeenshrule
 
jackill on The Priests Leap, 2005
by jackill  14 Jun 2005
As Simon rightly says only a "hill-bagger" would be motivated to seek out Cummeenshrule. I picked up this one on the way back from the Slieve Mickish mountains.The trudge to the top involved passing over, under and through many bog holes. The top is fairly flat and boggy wth a large pool of water.The photo shows Glengarrif village with the Sugarloaf easily visible as the highest point in centre of the picture.Cummeenshrule is too good an opportunity to miss if you're passing its door. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/1739/
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Round of Inchinagoum
by three5four0  15 Aug 2010
Combined The Priest Leap with Derrograne, Coomhola Mountain and Knock Boy south, from the small parking space below it.

Parked up and walked up hill to the summit, in quite thick weather, which cleared on our arrival and tempted us onto Derroograne, see that hill for the continuation. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/6014/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Summit marker
Simplicity itself
by Colin Murphy  17 May 2016
Little to add to the comments, other than to say that this was my second visit and since my last 'climb' someone has marked the top with a pile of stones. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/18534/
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