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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 80 members. Recently by: ilenia, Wilderness, melohara, oakesave, Juanita, Dean, PeakPaul, Lauranna, millsd1, tomodub, muddyboots, David-Guenot, Garmin, CaptainVertigo, ciarraioch
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Longitude: -9.481489, Latitude: 51.789338 , Easting: 97826, Northing: 60646 Prominence: 54m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 497798 560710,   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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As Simon rightly says only a "hill-bagger" would .. by jackill   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
Round of Inchinagoum .. by three5four0   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
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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. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/18534/
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