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West Cork Mountains Area , NW: Knockboy Subarea
Feature count in area: 62, by county: Cork: 45, Kerry: 24, of which 7 are in both Cork and Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, 85, 86, 88, 89
Highest Place: Knockboy 704.8m

Starting Places (47) in area West Cork Mountains:
Barley Lake North, Barrboy, Caha Pass, Carranmore, Carrigacappeen, Carriganass Castle, Castle Donovan Car Park, Clearagh House, Coolkellure House, Coomhola Bridge, Corrigatirra, Cousane Gap, Cummer Lough East Road, Derreencollig Wood, Esk Boreen, Fuhiry Wood, Garinish Island Pier, Glasagarav River Bridge, Glasnacummeen Stream, Glengarriff, Glengarriff Nature Reserve CP, Gorteeniher Drimoleague Heritage Walk CP, Gortloughra River Road, Gougane Barra Oratory, Gougane Barra Park CP, Grousemount Wind Farm, Kealkill Village, Knockanuha, Knockbrack South, Lough Atooreen N, Lough Nambrackderg North, Lough Nambrackderg Wood, Lough Nambreacdearg, Mealagh Bridge, Molly Gallivan's Visitor Centre, Nowen Hill West Road, Owvane River Bridge, Pookeen North Top Road, Pooleen Wood Car Park, Priests Leap, Reenroe Bridge, River Roughty, Shandrum Concrete Silo, Sillahertane Stream, Slaheny River Horseshoe, Top of Coom, Turner's Rock Tunnel

Summits & other features in area West Cork Mountains:
Cen: Maughanaclea: Maughanaclea Hills East Top 470m, Maughanaclea Hills West Top 452m
Cen: Shehy More: Shehy More 545.6m, Shehy More SW Top 446m
E: Clearagh: Clearagh Hill 287m
E: Currane: Currane Hill 228m
N Cen: Douce: Douce Mountain 476m, Doughill Mountain 471m
N: Carran: Barnastooka 497m, Bealick 537m, Carran 604m, Carran Far NE Top 561m, Carran Far North Top 506m, Carran NE Top 555m, Carran South Top 567m, Knockantooreen 450m
N: Conigar: Conigar 566m, Conigar SW Top 566m, Foilastookeen 540m
N: Coomataggart: Carrigalougha 423m, Coomataggart 530m, Coomataggart SW Top 509m, Derrineanig 304m, Lackabaun 472m, Mweelin 487m
NE Cen: Carrigarierk: Carrigarierk 343m
NW: Barraboy: Barraboy Mountain 460m, Barraboy Mountain Far East Top 456m, Barraboy Mountain SE Top 409m, Derroograne 468m, Turners Rock 420m
NW: Knockboy: Caoinkeen 692.8m, Caoinkeen South-East Top 553.5m, Coomhola Mountain 472m, Knockboy 704.8m, Knockboy North Top 651.2m, Knockboy South Top 533.3m, The Priest's Leap 519m
NW: Knocknamanagh: Bird Hill 412m, Coomclogherane Top 449m, Gullaba Hill 603m, Knockbrack 440m, Knockbrack South Top 458m, Knocknamanagh 637m, Knocknamanagh NE Top 625m
S Cen: Dunmanway Hills: Cashloura 296.8m, Coolsnaghtig 295.8m, Inchanadreen 310m
S Cen: Nowen: Milane Hill 354.4m, Mullaghmesha 494.3m, Nowen Hill 535.2m, Nowen Hill Far West Top 405.2m, Nowen Hill SW Top 509m, Pookeen North Top 319m
S: Leap Hills: Carrigfadda 311.7m, Killeigh Hill 229m, Knockarudane Hill 169m, Knockscagh 195m
S: Skibbereen: Barryroe Hill 156m, Lick Hill 158m
W Cen: Knockbreteen: Knockbreteen 239m
W: Bantry: Knocknaveagh 282m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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The Priest's Leap, 519m Mountain Léim an tSagairt A name in Irish,
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Ir. Léim an tSagairt [logainm.ie], 'the priest's leap’, Cork/ Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin Lists, The Priest's Leap is the 509th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference V97826 60646, OS 1:50k mapsheet 85
Place visited by: 136 members, recently by: Lucy.boland, maoris, Carolineswalsh, knightsonhikes, Tuigamala, Moirabourke, wallr, johncusack, Mario77, maitiuocoimin, Beti13, a3642278, srr45, Hillwalker65, frostie89
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Longitude: -9.481223, Latitude: 51.78917, Easting: 97826, Northing: 60646, Prominence: 54m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 497816 560691
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)
Notes on name: 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.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPrst, 10 char: ThPrstsLp

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Summary for The Priest's Leap (Léim an tSagairt): A minor diversion
Summary created by jackill 2013-02-01 14:38:25
Turn off the N71 at A (V99630 54365) and make your way to Priests Leap (V98520 61100), room to park 4-5 cars. Note that the 3/4 kms of road leading to the parking spot are very narrow with a steep drop on the west side. There are a few passing places but reversing may be required should you meet any traffic. From the parking spot the summit is an ok 1km trek over boggy ground to the summit area.
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Member Comments for The Priest's Leap (Léim an tSagairt)

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Picture: Turf Cutting at The Priests Leap
A Minor Diversion
by paulocon 14 Aug 2011
About as handy as it gets. Having been up and down Knockboy, I tacked on Priest's Leap as I had a bit of time to spare. The summit is just 800m from the road itself. Someone had recently cut and stacked turf a short way up the hillside leaving a very picturesque scene. A row of fence poles can be followed to close to the summit which is marked by a pool of water. The top is flat but the summit-proper appears to be an indistinct hump to one side of the pool. Following my recent run of luck, I was greeted at the summit by a yet another heavy shower of rain. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/6473/
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simon3 on The Priest's Leap
by simon3 28 Apr 2003
Nearly 3k West of Cummeenshrule and just before Lough Nagarriva this interesting feature caught my eye. The ridge on the skyline is Barraboy Mountain (height around 465m). Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/452/
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madfrankie on The Priest's Leap
by madfrankie 19 Aug 2003
The most alarming thing about Cummeenshrule is the drive up to Priest's Leap, but there can't be any easier hills over 500m to climb anywhere in the country. In fact I brought my 6 and 9-year old up and they had great fun jumping from Cork into Kerry and back again. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/608/
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Picture: Priest's Leap pass, view to Bantry Bay
Priest's Leap pass, views to Bantry Bay
by kabe 21 Nov 2012
We started from Priest's Leap pass to Cnoc Bui on a sunny November day.
After some days of rain it was quite boggy. With some photo breaks we returned after 2 1/2 hours.
A nice walk following the fence line. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/14885/
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simon3 on The Priest's Leap
by simon3 28 Apr 2003
Towards the right of this picture there is a low hump of a mountain. This is Cummeenshrule. Between the camera and this summit is a narrow road which is at some 460m where it crosses the ridge. The area is known as Priests Leap after an improbable story of a priest who escaped from English soldiers.
Only a hill-bagger would be motivated to specifically search out Cummeenshrule, though you will encounter it if you are doing the Beara Borders walk. Its summit has nothing more interesting than a mucky pond. The left of the picture shows a long ridge which leads South over the visible bump of 468m. The ridge continues behind this bump to Cobduff, a hill which overlooks the East of Glengarriff. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/451/
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