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Slieve Bloom Area
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 54 
Highest place:
Arderin, 527m
Maximum height for area: 527 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 420 metres,

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Wolftrap Mountain Hill Offaly County in Leinster Province, in Carn List, Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone Bedrock

Height: 487m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: N27328 04762
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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,   GPS IDs, 6 char: WlftMn, 10 char: WlftrpMntn
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)

Wolftrap Mountain is the 606th 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.

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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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