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Croaghonagh Hill Cruach Eoghanach A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach Eoghanach [www.donegallibrary.ie], 'stack of the Cenél
Eogain')
Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Main granite (adamellite) Bedrock

Height: 451m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: H03800 85400
Place visited by 48 members. Recently by: trostanite, abeach, gdg, magnumpig, Wildcat, dregishjake, MichaelG55, LorraineG60, dregish, pmeldrum, BogRunner1, johncromie, Ulsterpooka, Pepe, Lucky1
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Longitude: -7.941819, Latitude: 54.716591 , Easting: 203800, Northing: 385400 Prominence: 266m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 603748 885392,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg451, 10 char: Crghngh
Bedrock type: Main granite (adamellite), (Barnesmore Granite, G2 variety)

Erroneously marked on OS maps as Barnesmore, which is the name of the gap below.   Cruach Eoghanach is the 733rd highest place in Ireland. Cruach Eoghanach is the most southerly summit and also the second most easterly in the Bluestack Mountains area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghonagh (<i>Cruach Eoghanach</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
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gerrym on Croaghonagh, 2009
by gerrym  19 Apr 2009
Access to Cruach Eoghanagh is from the N15 which cuts through the imposing Barnesmore Gap, dividing the higher Bluestacks from the smaller hills heading south. Started from carpark at 042872 starA (plenty of spaces and tables for your picnic with majestic views). Dropped to cross a stream and cross some rough ground to a disused and overgrown quarry, climbed out of to the old dismantled railway track. Cross the fence and head upwards over deep tussocky grass which likes to hold onto water - gaiters to the rescue! - as skirt beside and above a small forestry plantation.

A line of poles carrying power to the communications masts is a good guide towards the top. Stretching into the distance they brought to mind biblical epics such as Sparticus - with lines of men crucified. The strong easterly wind whistling through the power lines added to the image, sounding like the moans of tortured souls. Thankfully the ground becomes firmer and less demanding with height as rocks show their hand, having more resonance with the bigger Bluestacks to the north. This easier going was interrupted by a grouse flying up into the air not two feet from me, causing my heart rate to double in seconds.

Croaghonagh (433m) is reached and gives clear views of the summit, a drop picks up the rough track serving the communication masts. A short walk on this track brings the top which is disappointing in terms of the intrusion of man - with the masts and associated rubbish detracting from the views. These are most dramatic to the N, across Barnesmore Gap to the height of Croaghconnellagh and the higher Bluestacks. The views S are over an area of bleak moorland, loughs and hills which has been touched by man by way of forest and wind turbines. I continued S to explore more of this bleak scape but an easy return would be to drop off to the SW and rejoin the dismantled railway track which could be followed back to he carpark.

Coming from N. Ireland all the masts brought to mind military bases on the top of say Camlough Mtn - with soldiers stationed in hostile territory in the back of beyond. What is true is the wetness which is unrelenting, a double helping of wax for those boots doesn't go amiss. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/618/comment/3731/
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