Knockaffertagh 517m mountain, North Mayo Nephin Beg Range Ireland at
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Knockaffertagh Mountain Cnoc Eachmarcaigh A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Cnoc Eachmarcaigh [PDT], 'hill of Eachmarcach') Mayo County, in Arderin List, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 517m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23&31 Grid Reference: G04715 04887
Place visited by 58 members. Recently by: FrankMc1964, Ulsterpooka, Fergalh, Lauranna, Reeks2011, millsd1, Geo, eoghancarton, PeakPaul, IndyMan, Peter Walker, david bourke, GSheehy, aidand, Garmin
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Longitude: -9.453297, Latitude: 53.984547 , Easting: 104715, Northing: 304887 Prominence: 92m,  Isolation: 2.3km
ITM: 504683 804898,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckfr, 10 char: Knckfrtgh
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Eachmarcach is a personal name meaning 'horse-rider'. It is the origin of the surname Mac Eachmharcaigh, which can be anglicised Cafferkey or McCafferty and is a common surname in Mayo [De Bhulbh]. It would seem that this is the most likely origin of Knockaffertagh, though an Irish form for the name has not been found to support this. The t in Knockaffertagh is not a problem as the anglicisation McCafferty shows that such a pronunciation of Eachmarcach is possible. The hill is named Ummeraufferty on William Bald's map of Co. Mayo (1830), which appears to be a similar name with Ir. iomaire, 'ridge' as the first element instead of cnoc.   Knockaffertagh is the 511th highest place in Ireland.

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Spectacular from the South .. by group   (Show all for Knockaffertagh) Picture about mountain Knockaffertagh in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Knockaffertagh from Glenlara
gerrym on Knockaffertagh, 2005
by gerrym  24 Sep 2005
Walked as part of the Glenlar-Birreencorragh-Knockaffertagh horse shoe on 16.9.05. From the col with Birrencorragh's NE ridge head SE over varied terrain - stones, heather, peat hags and water pools. Climb to point 467 over boulders and exposed rock with the weather creating a contrasting view over the extensive lowlands to the N, with heavy shower clouds skirting Lough Conn while large areas of sunlight gave different shades of brown across the bogland. From here get yet another perspective on Birreencorragh, with steep and scree strewn slopes. Drop down again on easy ground with two big hills on either side - Nephin to the E and Birreencorragh to the W. There is a small cairn at the rocky summit, with another lesser top just off to the E. There are far reaching views, only blocked to the W by Birreencorragh. I descended off to the S towards the meandering river in the valley below and the forestry on the lower slopes of Glenlara. The drop is pretty steep with large areas of scree at the base - there are a number of crags on the S face which could cause difficulty if get caught up in them. The river is not too easy to cross and it was at a pretty low flow. This would make a brilliant camping spot, totally isolated with big hills closing in further up the valley. The ground on the other side is wet and it is a slog up to the forest boundary - follow uphill and then drop down through clearfell to the forest track where i had parked. Was pitch black by now so had to endure a restless and chilly night sleeping in the car as the possible tent pitches i had been keeping in mind went out the window. I did not see a soul on this walk and I would totally recommend it for big views, a good days walking and the isolation it has to offer. Trackback:
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From Birreencorragh's main summit follow the rock .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Knockaffertagh)
Due to an unfortunate navigational error (see Bir .. by csd   (Show all for Knockaffertagh)
This shot shows Knockaffertagh from the opposite .. by csd   (Show all for Knockaffertagh)
A grand soft day .. by JohnQ   (Show all for Knockaffertagh)
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