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Silvermine Mountains West TopHillSliabh an Airgid (mullach thiar) A name in Irish(Ir. Sliabh an Airgid [logainm.ie], 'mountain of the silver')TipperaryCounty in Munster Province, in Carn List, Red conglomerate, sandstone & mudstone Bedrock
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A mountain in this vicinity named Mullaghnedryny is mentioned in the Civil Survey of 1654-56 as part of the boundary of the barony of Owney and Arra. It may be this peak or a lower shoulder to the west. The name seems to represent Ir. Mullach na Droighní, 'summit of the blackthorn'. Silvermines is the name of a village (Ir. Béal Átha Gabhann) and parish at the northern foot of these hills. In the 17th century the main road from Dublin to Limerick passed through here, rather than through Nenagh, which was a smaller settlement. There are several old mine buildings and spoil heaps on the northern slopes, reminders of the mining activity which gave these hills their name. Mines yielding silver and lead are first referred to in 1289, see 'The Silver Mines of Ormond' by Dermot F. Gleeson in JRSAI vol. lxvii, 1937, 101-16. Gleeson reports "...that the mines were first opened and worked by members of a colony of Florentine and Genoese merchants to whom many references will be found in the State Papers of the period." Zinc and sulphur were also mined in the area. Gleeson also records the ancient name of the hill behind the mines as Knockaunderrig, now Knockanroe.
Silvermine Mountains West Top is the third highest hill in the Midlands SW area and the 600th highest in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/489/
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