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Slieve Bloom Area , Cen: Wolftrap Mountain Subarea
Feature count in area: 12, by county: Offaly: 8, Laois: 5, of which 1 is in both Laois and Offaly, OSI/LPS Maps: 54
Highest Place: Arderin 527m

Starting Places (1) in area Slieve Bloom:
General's Road

Summits & other features in area Slieve Bloom:
Cen: Wolftrap Mountain: Carroll's Hill 482m, Castleconor 407m, Stillbrook Hill 514m, Wolftrap Mountain 487m
E: Capard: Baunreaghcong 508.2m, Ridge of Capard 482.1m
S: Arderin: Arderin 527m, Barcam 484m, Farbreague 430m, Garraunbaun 406m
W: Kinnitty: Cumber Hill 316m, Knocknaman 337m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Wolftrap Mountain, 487m Hill
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, Offaly County in Leinster province, in Carn Lists, Wolftrap Mountain is the 607th highest place in Ireland. Wolftrap Mountain is the most northerly summit in the Slieve Bloom area. Wolftrap Mountain is the third highest point in county Offaly.
Grid Reference N27328 04762, OS 1:50k mapsheet 54
Place visited by: 100 members, recently by: Moirabourke, Arcticaurora, Ulsterpooka, childminder05, Jonesykid, Offaly86, Wilderness, paulbrown, markwallace, John.geary, Colin Murphy, finkey86, abcd, tonibm, obrien116
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Longitude: -7.592621, Latitude: 53.092989, Easting: 227328, Northing: 204762, Prominence: 42m,  Isolation: 2.1km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 627286 704788
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: WlftMn, 10 char: WlftrpMntn

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Summary for Wolftrap Mountain : Loping up the Lupine
Summary created by jackill 2010-11-07 07:39:00
Park on the roadside at Gen Rd (N266 040), room for 5 cars. Cross the road and climb gradually on a rutted track to the telephone masts. The summit trig pillar is on the right , a few meters from the track.
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Picture: Wolftrap Mountain - scene of slaughter?
The extermination of wolves
by wicklore 29 Jul 2010
The history of where Wolftrap Mountain got its curious name is not easily found. Wolves had flourished in Ireland for thousands of years, and indeed ringforts and other defensive settlements were built between 1000 BC to AD 1000 partly to protect livestock from these creatures. The earliest evidence of wolves in Ireland comes from bones found in Cork that are 34,000 years old. It is known that Ireland had a large wolf population all the way up to the 18th century. They were seen as a serious problem to farmers for centuries, and in 1584 the first official scheme was devised to destroy them. However it was when Cromwell arrived that the elimination of wolves became a priority.

In 1652 Cromwell’s government introduced substantial bounties for every wolf destroyed, with females attracting the highest price. It is estimated that there were between 400 and 1000 wolves in Ireland before they were seriously targeted. In fact one of the nicknames for Ireland in Cromwell’s time was ‘Wolf Land’. This was probably because wolves had been made extinct in England and Wales by about 1500, and they would have been a real curiosity for the invading Cromwellians. (Wolves survived in Scotland until the 1700's) The widespread presence of wolves in Ireland is reflected in the Irish name for the animal – Mactire – or ‘Son of the Country’.

In a sad vicious circle, it was Cromwell’s destruction of the people and the land that led to an increase in the numbers of wolves, resulting in the perceived need to destroy them.
I couldn’t find the origin of the name Wolftrap Mountain, but knowledge of the government policy of 1652 to exterminate them makes things clearer. Whole packs of wolves were targeted at a time, and the Irish Wolfhound was instrumental in hunting them. Indeed a law was passed by Cromwell’s government to ban the exportation of Irish Wolfhounds as they were seen as too vital to the hunting of wolves at home. Perhaps Wolftrap Mountain was the scene of a famous hunt that resulted in some particularly notable extermination of wolves. Records show that a Mr John Boate received a reward for killing the last wolf in Laois in 1700. The boundary of Laois and Offaly passes through the summit of Wolftrap Mountain. Who knows if this was the scene of John Boate’s endeavour? (It is generally agreed that the last wolf in Ireland was killed on Mount Leinster in Carlow in 1786)

A tale describes how in 1182, a priest travelling from Ulster encountered a talking wolf, which revealed itself to be a man of Ossory. The Kingdom of Ossory included the Slieve Blooms in its domain. So as far back as then wolves were connected to the Slieve Bloom area. That is about as much as my research revealed. The elusive naming of Wolftrap Mountain may well remain lost in the mists of time. Linkback:
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Picture: Four of the five radio masts that adorn the summit
csd on Wolftrap Mountain
by csd 3 Aug 2008
It's fair to say Wolftrap isn't much of a challenge. Indeed, if you had a 4x4 or weren't too bothered about the sump of your car, you could drive all the way to the top. The summit area is crowned by no less than five telecoms installations, as well as the enormous trig pillar mentioned by Harry. Linkback:
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Picture: View SW to Stillbrook Hill from Wolftrap Mt top.
Harry Goodman on Wolftrap Mountain
by Harry Goodman 25 Sep 2009
I climbed this hill as part of an evening walk over Arderin and Stillbrook Hill. It is an easy ramble up and down in twenty minutes on the eircom acess road MR Gen Rd (N266 040). The top is crowned by the highest survey colum I have seen in the irish hills. By all means visit if in the area but do not go out of your way to "climb" this hill. Linkback:
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Picture: Odd trig pillar
Wolf has no teeth
by Colin Murphy 3 Sep 2021
Another dull Slieve Bloom mountain, really just for baggers. The only thing that aroused my curiosity was the unusual trig pillar, which is the height of a man and an odd shape. (See pic). It occurred to me that perhaps it wasn't odd at all, but that the base part is possibly the original foundation, and the surrounding level of bog has either been eroded away or possibly removed by turf-cutting. Linkback:
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darrenf on Wolftrap Mountain
by darrenf 15 Jun 2009
Parked at the viewpoint/picnic area just after the eircom access road mentioned below. Straightforward stroll up to the summit along the access road to the trig pillar which as mentioned is massive! A number of masts and portacabins on the summit also. Started at wolftrap as part of an overall loop around the blooms....from wolftrap headed east through some very high heather which made the going tough i have to admit! in some places heather and gorse was thigh high so be prepared. Barren enough terrain with only the views north and south over the low lands of any interest. Contiuned onwards with the eventual goal the carpark and picnic area at the cut. This road seems to appear out of the heather and looks more like a gully from some distance....overall tough going through the high heathers which thankfully were dry under foot. Cant imagine it after wet conditions... From the cut we contiuned onwards toward Baunreaghcong and the ridge of capard...see relevant summits for remaining posts Linkback:
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