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Knockmealdown Mountains Area
Place count in area: 17, OSI/LPS Maps: 74, 82 
Highest place:
Knockmealdown, 792.4m
Maximum height for area: 792.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 682.7 metres,

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Knockmealdown Mountain Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh [OSI], 'hill of Maoldomhnach') County Highpoint of Waterford, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Medium grained pink-purple sandstone Bedrock

Height: 792.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 74 Grid Reference: S05797 08410
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Longitude: -7.915891, Latitude: 52.227902 , Easting: 205798, Northing: 108411 Prominence: 682.74m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 605745 608465,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckml, 10 char: Knckmldwn
Bedrock type: Medium grained pink-purple sandstone, (Knockmealdown Sandstone Formation)

Knockmealdown gives its name to the range as a whole, but the earlier name for these hills, along with the lower hill country to the east, is Sliabh gCua. There is a traditional air entitled Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile, meaning 'bright Sliabh gCua of the festival'. The name Maoldomhnach means ‘devotee of the church’. The surnames derived from this are Ó Maoldomhnaigh (anglicised Muldowney) and its variant Ó Maoldhomhnaigh (anglicised Moloney). Moloney is still a common surname in the vicinity. Some sources translate the name as Cnoc Maol Donn, 'bare round hill', but this is a poor attempt to interpret the name only on the basis of the modern anglicised form. The form Knockmealdowny, recorded in the Civil Survey in 1654, shows that was clearly an additional syllable.   Knockmealdown is the highest mountain in the Knockmealdown Mountains area and the 47th highest in Ireland. Knockmealdown is the highest point in county Waterford.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockmealdown in area Knockmealdown Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Knockmealdown from Sugarloaf Hill autumn 09
 
YoungJohn on Knockmealdown, 2010
by YoungJohn  21 Feb 2010
From Clogheen I took the road for Lismore and parked at the 'Vee'. I set off for Sugarloaf Hill. Yesterday, 19.02.10 was a cold dry day with great visibility. The weather forecast was for wintery showers. As I set off at 1.15pm I kept a watchful eye on a vicious looking one over the Galtee's and tracked its progress south with releif. I took my time climbing the steep ascent to the summit along the county wall, you could say that the summit took its time in coming! I saw a fellow climber on the mountain top when I was two hundred feet or so from the summit. He was gone on my arrival. I could see Knockmoylan to the left and Knockmealdown itself in the distance, its summit snowcovered. The panoramic views of the green vale below was riveting. To the north Slievenamon, The Slieveblooms way in the distance, more westerly The Devils Bit and Knockanora, nearby Keeper and then rising to the mighty Galtee's snowcapped, further south I think the Ballyhoura's but I'm not sure. The ocean was plain to be seen as was the river blackwater. I set off along the county wall and climbed the unnamed mountain enroute to Knockmealdown itself. The county wall was a great guide and it broke the steely breeze. The unnamed mountains summit gave me a great view of the coming challenge of Knockmealdown. I was thankful I had gloves and neck gator ( aka the muffler). The ground turned white underfoot and I could see the footprints of my compatriot as I chuntered towards the top. I don't care what others in the distant past wrote criticising the range. Knockmealdown did not dissappoint. The summit Cairn and a separate trig. Views of the Wicklow Mountains, Mount Leinster and the sea. The comeraghs and all the other mountains previously mentioned clear in the sunshine. Wow, well worth the climb. A word of caution! Simon3 quite rightly described the huge fall to the corrie lake and the potential dangers to climbers. Care needed. That old enemy time being against me I had to pass Knockmoylan on my return, vowing to return another day. Some hailstones fell but only a sprinkling from a small passing cloud. I headed away from the county wall as I traversed down the unnamed mountain avoiding the steep climb up and descent from Sugarloaf hill. This required the use of both sticks. I linked in again with the county wall near the base of Sugarloaf Hill and down the final descent to the carpark. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/4414/
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Picture: Knockmealdown Approach
mneary34 on Knockmealdown, 2005
by mneary34  12 Aug 2005
Knockmealdown is the big one in the range from a number of perspectives. As the attached photo shows there was a good climb to the mist covered summit from the Knocknagnauv direction. It also has the most clearly defined summit and as the mist cleared tremendous views north and south. See Knockmoylan to continue the traverse. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/1876/
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ali on Knockmealdown, 2005
by ali  23 Nov 2005
i found the knockmealdowns fantastic. i wasnt looking to foward to a day in the mist as pretty much most of ireland has been covered in fog the last few days so i wasnt suprised that when i arrived at the car park i could only see 30 metres. i got all the gear on took bearings and headed off for sugarloaf hill from the car park at S031101 A. this is when it all got good at 450metres i emerged into bright sunshine i couldnt believe it. by the time i reached the top of sugarloaf hill i had shed a few lairs and the view was incredible. as far as i could see it was just cloud except for the mounatins over 500 metres and the galtys to the north you felt you were in the himalayas and the air was incredibly fresh. so on a big high i headed off and went up knockmoylan and then knockmealdown. the path is well trodden and there is not much difficulty and theres not much climbing to do so the going is quite quick. i went back the same way as i didnt want to end up on the road and have to walk alongside it for 2k. total time was 3 hours 10. the only problem was i didnt bring a camera Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/2064/
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kenefickwg on Knockmealdown, 2003
by kenefickwg  9 Sep 2003
I climbed Knockmealdown in July. The day was cool and a slight mist was running across the summit. Apart from the view down to the two lakes and the walk to the Sugarloaf there was little to please and the descent through heather was difficult. The fact that the litter in the car park was a disgrace did not help the overall impression. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/634/
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Picture: Knockmealdown summit
 
murphysw on Knockmealdown, 2005
by murphysw  6 Nov 2005
This was probably the most unpleasant experience I've had on a mountain but equally I got a great sense of achievement out of it. Coming out of Carrick-on-Suir the heavans opened and I turned to go home. I made a call in Carrick after which the rain had stopped so I carried on to the Knockmealdowns via the Vee. I parked at the car park where the Lismore and Capoquin roads separate. There was a heavy mist on the mountain as I set off but no rain. The climb itself was strenuous enough but straightforward. I got lashed by a 5 minute rain shower on the way up but carried on any way. As I approached the summit the wind became extremely strong and I couldn't see a stem from about 450m up. For about 200m short of the summit it gets very rocky. The summit itself is remarkably narrow with a steep drop to one side which I couldn't see because of the mist. Although the wind was coming from the south on the way up, it turned into my face as I left the summit, and then the rain storm broke. I have never been in such heavy rain at sea level let alone at the top of a near 800m mountain and this gave me a twinge of panic. My hiking boots were wet through inside and out, my gloves were saturated and my OS map was a useless pulp. I couldn't see very well as I wear glasses and the rain was in my face. I decided to head due west and took bearings about every 100m as I seemed to be drifting a bit to the south. I was eagerly scanning through the mist for the small copse which marked the the car park and when I emerged from the mist I was only a little south of it. Completely soaked to the skin I squelched back to the car and the welcome trophies of a change of clothes, hang sangwiches, and lucozade! Like a Russian space probe I took a few poor quality snaps before succumbing to my suroundings, and soaked through, I put the camera away. That bright spot to the left of the photo is, I think, condensation from INSIDE the lens. Its on the other two snaps I took at the summit as well. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/2035/
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Picture: Knockmealdown structure
deswalk on Knockmealdown, 2006
by deswalk  5 Jan 2006
The summit of Knockmealdown has seen more disruption than that of a possible grave site for Mr Henry Eeles. This photo was taken at the summit facing east on a cold March day in 1989, and shows my sister and the remains of a small shed that was then in an advanced state of dilapidation. I had witnessed this structure being built some years previously when I arrived one misty day and was surprised to find a group of workmen busy at the task. The shed was situated just a few steps to the east of the summit pillar and very little trace of it remains today. Therefore I imagine that finding the grave would be a challenge. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/2119/
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