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Tountinna Hill Tonn Toinne A name in Irish
(Ir. Tonn Toinne [OSI], 'wave of the wave') Tipperary County, in Carn List, Fine & some coarser greywacke Bedrock

Height: 457m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 59 Grid Reference: R73736 77344
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Longitude: -8.390552, Latitude: 52.84676 , Easting: 173736, Northing: 177344 Prominence: 402m,  Isolation: 2.6km
ITM: 573691 677385,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Tntn, 10 char: Tountinna
Bedrock type: Fine & some coarser greywacke, (Slieve Bernagh Formation & conglom & coarse greywacke)

This tautological name is explained by the fact that it has been corrupted from its original form, Tul Toinne, 'hillock of the wave'. The wave in question was the biblical flood, which, according to Lebor Gabála Érenn (commonly known as the Book of Invasions), drowned most of the members of the first invasion of Ireland, led by Cesair. Fionntán was the only member of the party who took refuge in this mountain. While the others were drowned in the deluge, he survived to tell the tale to later generations. Near the summit is a tomb known as the Graves of the Leinstermen. A legend associates this with a bloody dispute between some of Brian Boru's men and some visiting nobles from Leinster, but the tomb is actually prehistoric. A lower hillock to the N is called Knockaunreelyon (Cnocán Rí Laighean, 'hillock of the king of Leinster').   Tountinna is the 708th highest place in Ireland.

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Masts don't always spoil a view. .. by group   (Show all for Tountinna) Picture about mountain Tountinna in area Shannon, Ireland
paulocon on Tountinna, 2008
by paulocon  4 Oct 2008
Biggest problem I had with getting to the top of Tountinna was finding the road to take me up! While driving around, I came upon the Grave of the Leinstermen and the hill beside it on which stands Millenium Cross. If you are looking for a bit of a stroll, there is a carpark and a 1200metre walk over an established path to the cross. Met a couple of people out walking but it wasn't my cup of tea - is it just me or does anyone else find a large cross on a hill slightly un-nerving? It didn't help that one of the stay cables was snapped and the wind was whistling by the top of the cross, that and the old stone cross had been reduced to rubble by a lightning strike. Good views from the cross and probably not a bad spot for a stroll if you are bringing the kids.

Back into the car and eventually found the road up to Toutinna. First 100 yards or so are very steep but it's solid tarmac all the way up as it is obviously a service road for the communications towers that it houses. Ample parking space on top at the base of the largest set of towers. Unfortunately by the time I'd got up, it was starting to get dark (only got the one photograph) but there are some glorious views of Lough Derg to be had up there - I can only imagine the views on a clear, sunny day. Take time going back down the service road as there is a fantastic view back in the Ballina/Killaloe direction.

Now for the directions - I came from Ballina and the directions I got were as follows: imagine you are coming across the bridge from Killaloe - take a left at the mini-roundabout and then the next right up by the school. You then need to take the correct right turns to get up on top of the hill. This is where it all went hopelessley wrong for me so my directions are as follows:

From Portroe, follow the signs for Millenium Cross or Graves of the Leinstermen. Around 400-500 yards after the car-park for the cross (which should be on your right), the road swings to the right and there is road to the left (very sharp, nearly coming back on itself) down a hill. Go down this road and shortly after it swings right and starts to climb uphill, there is a road to the left. This is the service road. It's extremely steep in places, particularly the first 100 yards and I wouldn't recommend attempting it in icy conditions.. Trackback:
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What views. The twelve pins way to the west and t .. by YoungJohn   (Show all for Tountinna)
Tountinna offers fantastic views all over the Sha .. by gerloughnanne   (Show all for Tountinna)
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