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Midlands SW Area , SE: Hollyford Hills Subarea
Feature count in area: 44, by county: Tipperary: 36, Limerick: 8, OSI/LPS Maps: 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 65, 66
Highest Place: Keeper Hill 691.6m

Starting Places (31) in area Midlands SW:
Ballincurra Hill South, Ballyhourigan Wood Loop Walk, Barnane Lodge, Castlewaller Wood Forest Road, Coillte Knockanroe, Commanealine Wood, Commaun Beg North, Cullaun South, Cummer South, Curreeny Wood, Doonane Forest Carpark, Foildhine Mulkeir Rivers, Glenaneagh Park, Glenstal Wood CP, Gortagarry Hill West, Greenan Cross, Knockadigeen Hill SW, Knockanora East, Knockanully, Knockaviltoge East, Knockfune Wood Bend, Knockmaroe Wood, Knockmehill South, Knockteige SW, Nicker, Raven's Rock, Ring Hill West, River Doonane, The Lookout, Tobernagreana, Upperchurch

Summits & other features in area Midlands SW:
Cen: Mauherslieve: Cummer 405m, Foilduff 400m, Knockmaroe 411m, Mauherslieve 543m
E: Upperchurch Hills: Knockalough 427m, Knockaviltoge 364m
N: Knockshigowna: Knockshigowna 212m
NE: Devilsbit: Benduff 455m, Black Hill 228m, Devilsbit Mountain 480m, Gortagarry 458m, Kilduff Mountain 445m, Knockanora 433m
NE: Templederry: Ballincurra Hill 403m, Commaun Beg 403m, Cooneen Hill 467m, Coumsallahaun 320m, Knockadigeen Hill 402m
NW: Arra Mountains: Corbally Hill 339m, Tountinna 457m
NW: Silvermine Mountains: Silvermine Mountains East Top 479m, Silvermine Mountains Far East Top 410m, Silvermine Mountains West Top 489m
SE: Hollyford Hills: Falleennafinoga 388m, Foildarg 440m, Glenaneagh 420m, Gortnageragh 418m, Knockastanna 444m, Knockbane 433m, Lackenacreena 413m, Ring Hill 426m, Tooreen 457m
SW: Slieve Felim: Cullaun 460m, Derk Hill 236m, Knockroe 204m, Knockseefin 235m, Slieve Felim 427m, Slieve Felim East Top 423m, Slieve Felim South Top 407m
W: Keeper Hill: Bleanbeg 368m, Boolatin Top 446.6m, Keeper Hill 691.6m, Knockane 411m, Knockfune 452m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Tooreen, 457m Hill
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, Tipperary County in Munster province, in Carn Lists, Tooreen is the 713th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference R91048 56062, OS 1:50k mapsheet 66
Place visited by: 36 members, recently by: Moirabourke, Arcticaurora, chelman7, TommyV, Krzysztof_K, CusackMargaret, johncusack, CusackCharlie, Colin Murphy, garrettd, JohnRea, sarahryanowen, LiamG1951, maryblewitt, John.geary
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -8.133103, Latitude: 52.656073, Easting: 191048, Northing: 156062, Prominence: 212m,  Isolation: 3.6km
ITM: 590994 656106
Bedrock type: Greywacke, siltstone & grit, (Hollyford Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Toren, 10 char: Tooreen

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Summary for Tooreen : Easy at first, difficult final climb.
Summary created by simon3, Colin Murphy, paddyhillsbagger, jackill 2022-12-11 14:40:19
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Picture: The unlovely summit area
Park at A (R92356 57035), room for 3 cars. This is a forest and wind farm access track although it could be mistaken for a farm road as there are no trees visible at first. There is a pedestrian access swing gate to the left. Continue SWW along track for about 2km to roughly B (R91259 56239), where there is a windmill and the track broadens. Climb the bank behind the windmill and head SW for about 300m across very rough ground - old clear fell, heather, reeds, uneven ground - the high point which is unmarked.
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Picture: Not summit to get exited about
digging for coppers
by jackill 10 Dec 2011
Poor old Tooreen.You'd search long and hard to find a reason to visit its summit which consists of a mast in a rough clearing. The locality however is a little more interesting. Underneath its east face in the townland of Reafadda is an abandoned copper mine.Hollyford mine was in operation periodically between 1837 and 1862. The Mining Company of Ireland controlled operations from 1837 to 1839 but owing to problems with water mining was suspended and the lease was eventually cancelled in 1840. The mine was reopened under private hands and was worked more or less continuously from the mid 1840s until 1862 when low copper prices forced closure.
The host rock in the mine was described by Wynne (1860) as “hard grits and hard splintery shales”. Three mineralized lodes or veins occur in the area and all were mined to some degree. Two veins trend northnorthwest and are linked by a cross vein trending roughly east-west. The Ballycohen vein in the east was apparently the earliest worked; the Hollyford vein in the west was the one on which most mining was carried out in the mid-19th century. Workings on this vein reached 90 fathoms (165m). The Hollyford vein is described as a near-vertical vein ranging from 0.15 to almost 2m in width.
Several original mine features still remain on the site Of the two chimneys, one remains standing but is showing signs of instability. Only the base of the other chimney survives, covered in moss and surrounded by trees and shrubs. There is no obvious trace of most of the eight shafts that are marked on old maps. However, the main shaft, close to the chimney, is still visible but blocked at a depth of 2m below the surface. Local people have indicated that most shafts are merely covered over and not properly sealed. The mine manager’s house and adjacent mine buildings have been restored as a dwelling. The field in which the chimney stands is used as pasture for cattle.
The possibility of reopening the mine was raised in the Dail in 1956 however the Minister at the time stated he would only support its reopening as a private business venture. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit Area.
Garracummer/Mienvee Wind Farm
by sandman 11 Jun 2015
Not unusual for the Shannon Area a summit located in the middle of a wind farm but it sure makes access easy especially in this case as a marked trail runs thru it. Parking at the entrance C (R90266 54933) head for wind turbine T15 and just before same enter field thru farm gate heading for point D (R91049 55949) this will allow you an easy stroll to the summit without the problems associated with walking over felled forestry or thru planted trees. Linkback:
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Just for peak baggers
by aidand 1 Nov 2011
Not the most exciting, Tooreen is in the middle of an extensive range of hills. The area is a mixture of forestry and upland farming. A mast has been erected on Toreen to evaluate winspeeds for a proposed windfarm. There are plenty of windmills in the area. I drove up the farmroad just to the south and asked for permission to climb the hill. This was given somewhat reluctantly with warnings about a bull and electric fences. I was up and down in 45 minutes. A misty day limited my views. To avoid crossing farmland you could walk up through the forest from Barna (marked on the OS map 66 to the north east of Tooreen. Linkback:
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Picture: Best served cold
Rough and tumble
by Colin Murphy 8 Dec 2022
As mentioned in the short summary the first 2km SSW along the track is a pleasant stroll. Then it took me roughly the same time to traverse the final 300m to the summit. The last section from B (R91259 56239) is across extremely rough ground consisting of very old clear fell, scutch grass, heather and reeds, all on uneven ground - I fell twice in 300m and was also prodded numerous times by old branches. One happy circumstance is that the ground was frozen, otherwise I'd imagine this would be even worse. The cold, wintry weather also brightened some of the landscape considerably. Linkback:
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Picture: Debris from the felling activities.
Wind farm ready ...
by FilHil 6 Apr 2012
I had Tooreen still to bag to complete the cluster of hills in Co. Tipperary.

Felling has now been completed and a contractor is ‘landscaping’ the former forest area. The stony tracks look too good for just forestry so they are probably destined for wind farm access. No doubt the anemometer near the top will have measured all there is to measure and Tooreen will undergo the same as neighbouring Knockastanna i.e. plunk a couple of turbines on its slope, padlock the gate it and plaster ‘No Trespassing’ signs all over.

I started from the forestry entrance at Barna (pointed out by jackill) then pushed up in a SW direction partly over an adjacent field partly over an old access road on the edge of the former forest, passing through an area called Cummer Beg on some maps, proceeded as best as possible to the top avoiding debris from the felling activities.

It took about 1 hour to reach the top of this otherwise unexciting hill.

At Barna there is a sign about a temporary diversion of the Multeen Way which presumably ran over Tooreen (I did not investigate further). Linkback:
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