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Slieve Commedagh Mountain Sliabh Coimhéideach A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Coimhéideach [PNNI], 'watching/guarding mountain') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 767m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J34610 28616
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Longitude: -5.938543, Latitude: 54.188898 , Easting: 334610, Northing: 328616 Prominence: 180m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 734535 828624,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvCmd, 10 char: SlvCmdgh
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

As on Slieve Meelmore, there is a tower near the summit of Slieve Commedagh. On the southern side, at the head of the Annalong Valley, is a spectacular group of granite tors known as 'the Castles'. These can be appreciated from the Brandy Pad, a track once used by smugglers. During the 18th Century the Mourne Mountains were notorious for smuggling commodities such as wine, silk, tobacco, tea and brandy, mainly from Britain. The cargo would be brought ashore under the cover of darkness and taken over the mountains to Hilltown and the surrounding areas.   Slieve Commedagh is the second highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 64th highest in Ireland. Slieve Commedagh is the second highest point in county Down.

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by hbowman1  31 Oct 2010
I climbed this mountain yesterday as part of a circular walk which included Luke's Mountain, Slieve Corragh and Shanslieve. Starting off from Meelmore Lodge, we followed the lane up to the stile and headed towards the Trassey track. After a short while on this track we turned left and headed towards Luke's Mountain. The terrain is very marshy and pathless at times, and as such I would strongly recommend gaiters. This was my first time on Luke's Mountain; it offers very nice views of Slieve Croob, Murlough bay and Tollymore forest. Thereafter we headed alongside the valley between Corragh and Commedagh. The terrain is quite steep on the ascent of Corragh. After reaching the Mourne wall at Corragh we turned left and made our way to the summit of Commedagh. Cloud formations and gusts of wind produced a great atmosphere as mountains, previously covered in cloud, appeared gradually as the mist cleared. After a short break on Commedagh, we headed NW over the ridge between Commedagh and Shanslieve. This is a very good ridge walk in the Mournes, but one which I would not advise in poor visibility, as it is quite steep on both sides. Upon reaching Shanslieve, very fine views opened up of Newcastle, Murlough Bay, Bernagh, Corragh, Slievenaglogh and Meelmore. The descent towards the valley is very steep and walking poles are an advantage. Care must be taken when crossing the river towards Luke's mountain. The full walk took 7 hours, but one which I would recommend - tollymore forest, ridge walk between Commedagh and Shanslieve and the views from Shanslieve - being the notable highlights. This was the first time I had climbed Commedagh from Meelmore Lodge; other possible approaches would be Trassey track up to Hare's Gap and follow the wall over Slievenaglogh and Corragh, and Donard Car park to the saddle and turn left at the wall. Another option would be starting at Donard park, ascending Shanslieve and turning left towards the summit. While all four approaches are viable, I think the best approach is starting from Meelmore Lodge or Trassey. The views of Tullymore forest and from the Mourne wall at Corragh are more interesting than the valley between Donard and Commedagh. Linkback:
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