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Comeragh Mountains Area   Cen: Comeragh Central Subarea
Place count in area: 24, OSI/LPS Maps: 74, 75, 81, 82 
Highest place:
Kilclooney Mountain, 792m
Maximum height for area: 792 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 626 metres,

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Kilclooney Mountain Mountain Fáschom A name in Irish, also Fauscoum an extra name in English Ir. Fáschom, 'empty hollow’ Waterford County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 792m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S31690 10508
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Longitude: -7.536709, Latitude: 52.245842 , Easting: 231690, Northing: 110508 Prominence: 626m,  Isolation: 1km
ITM: 631637 610558,   GPS IDs, 6 char: KlclMn, 10 char: KlclnyMntn
Bedrock type: Green thick-bedded conglomerate, (Treanearla Formation)

Despite being the highest of the Comeraghs, this is a rather unremarkable summit above the spectacular valley of Coumshingaun. The circuit of Coumshingaun comprises the ascent and descent of two dramatic ridges. The cliffs at the back of the valley offer some of the finest rock-climbs in Ireland. The name Fáschom properly refers to the next coom immediately south of Coumshingaun. The name may refer either to its wild nature or to the fact that, unlike many of the cooms which cut into the Comeragh plateau, it has no lake. The name Kilclooney Mountain, recorded by East-West Mapping, derives from the extensive townland of Kilclooney in which the peak is situated. Knockaunapeebra / Cnocán an Phíopaire is the name of a lower peak to the SW.   Kilclooney Mountain is the highest mountain in the Comeragh Mountains area and the 49th highest in Ireland. Kilclooney Mountain is the highest point in county Waterford.

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The highest point on the Comeraghs' plateau lies above a spectacular corrie.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, jackill  3 May 2021
Adjacent to Coumshingaun in the western Comeraghs, Kilclooney is a flat, boggy top perched above much more interesting ground to the N and E. Some of the nearby coombs are quite spectacular but none more so than Coumshingaun. There's a lot of v steep ground so care should be taken. Extensive views from the summit area incl. Slievenamon, the Galtees, Knockmealdowns and much of Wexford and Waterford.

E. Roomy car park at Kilclooney Wood S34106 10222 A. Head thru the woods, aiming to start the steep descent of the W spur at S34051 10752 B. Zoom in on the map to see the route to here. Head uphill on v rocky ground following tracks as you go. You will reach a point just under the plateau with a steep and tricky looking climb. This is the only way up or down on this side of the lake and afterwards it's easy to the plateau where you head across bog to the summit cairn. Return by looping around the top of the coum. Allow 2hrs to the top.

S. Park at S31394 08025 C and head on a trail up Coomfea's long, steep SE spur. At S30821 08417 D take the trail that veers NNW around the top of Coummahon, first to the top of Knockaunpeebra and then across a boggy col and up to Kilclooney. Allow 2 hrs. Return the same way.
From here, you can also take the Mahon Falls walk and cross the river at S30946 09109 E before heading steeply up to K'peebra and on to K. Allow 1.5hrs but note that the river may not be fordable after heavy rain.

Notable tracks incl. track/3570, track/4041 and track/3657. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4808/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Kilclooney Mountain (<i>Fáschom</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Above Coumshingaun Lake
 
New Comment: Coumshingaun Loop
by JohnFinn  3 Sep 2021
The Coumshingaun Loop is one of my favourite walks, one that I've done at least once a year for more years than I care to remember.

I was back there on 1st September in the company of three women who wanted the reassurance of someone familiar with the walk.

We parked at the Kilclooney Wood car park and headed up in a clockwise direction. I've always done it clockwise - it seems more "natural" somehow.

Once you are out of the wood it is a straightforward ascent up the left spur. When you reach the prominent rocky outcrop there is a pleasant section of easy scrambling and spectacular views of the lake.

The most difficult part of this spur is the section just below the plateau.It is quite steep and I've seen many people turn back at this juncture. The thing to do is to avoid the first defined path up the cliff face; instead, go a bit further to the left where there is another easier path to the top. It requires some scrambling and is probably best avoided by those who haven't a great head for heights.

From there it is a pleasant walk along the rim of the plateau with the lake far below. Then on to the right-hand spur (assuming you are doing it clockwise of course) where you make your way to the rocky outcrop that marks the beginning of the descent proper to the corrie floor.

Avoid making your way through the outcrop as it will prove to be a physical and metaphorical pain in the posterior. Instead, skirt it well to the left until you find the well trodden path that will take you down.

From there make your way across to the beginning of the left spur that you ascended at the outset and your path to the wood and the car park will be obvious.

Allow 3 to 4 hours. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/23261/
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Coumshingaun seen through a rock
by Colin Murphy  26 Apr 2010
Peering through one of the wonderful rock formations that dot both the south and north sides of the Coumshingaun Lough circuit. Fascoum top itself was a disappointment after the spectacle of the approach, which offers views as good as any in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4663/
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Picture: Coumshingaun south face
 
Al on Kilclooney Mountain, 2008
by Al  25 Jul 2008
Having had a scary experience on a gully scramble in W Cork described in the book "Munster's Mountains" i was keen to find out how the coumshingaun gullies would fair as described in the same book so i headed out with the father figure saturday 19/07/08. The car was parked at a layby where the Ira river flowing down from the coum crossed the clonmel-dungarvan road, S350115 F. 45 minutes had us at the lakeside, a gradual track leading up. The fun then started as we skirted around the south side of the lake on a track leading up to the start of the first gully (arrows on map). Out came the rope and the slings and we negotiated the first small obstacle without much bother (although the rock was wet). Moving out of the gully to the right a little further up we traversed under the cliffs to the start of the second gully. A slightly harder move got us over the wet block at the entrance and from there it was a slog up through knee high "comeragh weed" to the top. We finished off the coumshingaun circuit from there, having the lunch and taking the picture from the north ridge before descending back along the track to the road. Route 2 i think in the book, 5 hours, description was on the money! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/3245/
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Picture: Coumshingaun lake from above
Deise splendour
by Kennyj  5 Sep 2015
Taking advantage of the good forecast I headed for the Mahon Falls this morning,parking at the upper car park and climbing to spot height 414 along the road before climbing along the fence north west up the steep slope onto Comeragh mountain.Following the track around
the top of Coummahon until I crossed the river above the falls.
The crossing was easy today but I'm told in winter this may be impossible,After crossing the river I headed northeast up onto Knockaunpeebra with its two distinctive cairns,from here down into the boggy col and up onto Fauscoum or spot height 792 as pointed out on other comments here.The summit is uninspiring but a 450m walk North East you'll see one of the finest views in any mountain range-Coumshigaun lake,after enjoying the sambos sitting above the lake I returned to Fauscoum before heading southwest crossing the river and making for the high ground back around Coummahon finishing at the three cairns on Comeragh mountain and back to the car.Time 3 hrs 35 mins,distance 11km,ascent 733 m,descent 762m. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/18293/
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Picture: Enjoying the fine coastal views from the summit of Knockaunapeebra
 
kernowclimber on Kilclooney Mountain, 2010
by kernowclimber  3 Feb 2010
Taking advantage of some very fine but bitterly cold weather, we climbed Knockaunapeebra on 30th January 2010 via the Mahon Falls. This was something we had been planning to do for some time but were thwarted on our attempt last June due to the fact that the window of our car was smashed during the night while we were rough camping nearby. Be warned, this is unfortunately a common occurrence in the Comeraghs according to the local police, so don’t leave valuables on view in your car. We scrambled up the rocks on the left side of the waterfalls which posed one or two moderate moves where we decided to use a rope due to the wet conditions of the rock and the potential for patches of verglas higher up. Evidence that the falls had been much swollen by the recent snowmelt was clear to see by the amount of debris that had been deposited on rocks nearby and vegetation stripped away from others. We were rewarded with the sight of amazing icicles that had formed through the constant presence of spray on the walls at the top of the falls and jewel-like ice crystals encasing single strands of grass. We then continued with a traverse round a ledge half way up the valley to access a gully at a height of 420m to take us up to the top of the cliffs. The gully, located to the right of a prominent pinnacle of rock, was about 100 metres long, quite vegetated and wet, but the rock offered enough grip to make our progress steady if inelegant! From the top, the views down the valley of the Mahon River to the coast were magnificent. We then climbed to the summit of Knockaunapeebra with its frigid, ice encrusted twin cairns glinting angrily in the low afternoon sun, greatly enjoying clear views of the coast. We descended the ridge southeast from Knockaunapeebra, past the cliffs and beyond a smaller waterfall where we scrambled down over the rocks which were partially obscured by heather making our descent slightly onerous! Roughly opposite the Mahon Falls car park we headed across the flat, boggy ground and crossed the Mahon River which had clearly been in recent spate, to join the path back to the car park after some 4 hours. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and a great first scramble of 2010. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/48/comment/4385/
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