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Midlands SW Area , NE: Devilsbit 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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Knockanora, 433m Hill Cnoc an Fhothraigh A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Cnoc an Fhothraigh [OSI], 'hill of the ruin'), Tipperary County in Munster province, in Carn Lists, Knockanora is the 793rd highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference S01032 71194, OS 1:50k mapsheet 59
Place visited by: 27 members, recently by: Moirabourke, Krzysztof_K, JohnRea, Arcticaurora, Colin Murphy, LiamG1951, sarahryanowen, FrankMc1964, melohara, conormcbandon, sandman, jasonmc, frankmc04, chalky, Fergalh
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -7.985464, Latitude: 52.792112, Easting: 201032, Northing: 171194, Prominence: 248m,  Isolation: 2.9km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 600980 671234
Bedrock type: Greywacke, siltstone & grit, (Hollyford Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc433, 10 char: Knockanora

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Summary for Knockanora (Cnoc an Fhothraigh): An excellent viewpoint, save it for a clear day
Summary created by aidand, jackill 2014-11-24 12:03:23
   picture about Knockanora (<em>Cnoc an Fhothraigh</em>)
Picture: From the northwest
This hill is known locally as Lanigan's Tower. Many years ago a large stone tower stood on the summit. This tower was erected by the local landlord. Only the base of it remains today. There is plenty of parking at A (R984 735). You can follow the forest roads towards the summit. O.S. sheet 59 has the details.

For a quicker route, park at a muddy forest and field entrance at B (S01748 71417) room only for one car, however you can also park on the roadside nearby. Go through the gate and follow the boggy track into the forest. At the first junction go right and follow the track all the way to a clearing ,C (S01331 71186), near the summit. Head west through a gap in the trees,then steeply uphill to the summit trig pillar.Excellent views in all directions await.
Member Comments for Knockanora (Cnoc an Fhothraigh)

   picture about Knockanora (<em>Cnoc an Fhothraigh</em>)
Picture: South to the Slieve Felim
Odran and the Devil
by jackill 11 Dec 2011
One of the little hills to the north is Latteragh which overlooks the small, sleepy village of Latteragh.
It was not always so quiet around here. This place was celebrated at a very early period for its monastery. It became an extensive seat of learning, and St. Odran of Leatrach-odhrain, presided over this establishment, in which were at that time not less than 3000 monks kicking about. In 1304, the neighbourhood was plundered by Tirlogh, son of Teig-Cao-luiske, King of Thomond, who spared only the churches and the dwellings of the clergy. From this period no further mention of the monastery occurs.

Odran ,a descendant of Conall Gulban, is usually identified with Odhron (also called Odhrán or Oran), who preceded Saint Columba in Iona. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in Iona.

According to Irish tradition Odran served as abbot of Meath and founded Lattreagh. He is described variously as companion, brother or son of Columba, and died soon after his arrival on Iona. Columba saw devils and angels fight over Odran's soul before it ascended into heaven.

Another legend tells that the chapel that Saint Columba wanted to build on Iona was destroyed every night. Finally he was told by a voice that it could never be finished until a living man was buried below. So Odran was buried alive willingly and the chapel could be finished.
But one day he pushed his head through the wall and said that there was no hell as was supposed nor heaven that people talk about. Alarmed by this Columba let Odran's body be covered with earth more securely .

In a Hebridean version of this tale the sacrifice is promised that his soul will be safe in heaven. Some time after the burial Columba wants to see Odran once more and opens the pit under the chapel. When Odran sees the world he tries to come out again, but Columba has the pit covered with earth quickly to save Odran's soul from the world and its sin.

The oldest remaining church on Iona is dedicated to Saint Odhran and the surrounding cemetery is called Reilig Odhráin in his memory.

He was chosen by the Vikings as patron of the city of Waterford in 1096 and later became patron of the diocese.

Odran's feast day is October 27. Linkback:
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   picture about Knockanora (<em>Cnoc an Fhothraigh</em>)
Picture: Rolling farmland and wooded hills
Another lovely little Shannon Group hill
by wicklore 3 Sep 2011
MountainViews offers various lists and targets for hillwalkers to achieve. These include the County High Points of Ireland, the Vandeleur-Lynam 600m summits, and various other lists of hills of varying height that the walker can choose. There is also the list of Local 100. When you tell MountainViews where you live (by grid reference or by clicking on the area you live in), MountainViews can generate the nearest 100 summits to your location. This list will invariably include both well known higher peaks, as well as a selection of obscure or non-descript smaller hills. I think it is a worthwhile and achievable target for most walkers, and currently 29 MountainViewers have climbed 80% or more of their Local 100, with 8 having actually completed their list. We must feel sorry for those who, because of their location near the coast, have Local 100 summits that include inaccessible offshore islands! However, as our recent Puffin & Scarriff Islands expedition showed, such challenges can be overcome!

Having previously completed my Local 100, I sometimes use the listing programme to generate a list of all MountainViews summits in order of distance from my location. In this way it is possible to see all 1056 summits currently listed on the site, starting with the nearest (in my case Tibradden – 6 kms away), all the way to the most distant (Great Skellig – 332.6 kms away). I decided to coincide reaching my 400th nationwide summit with reaching my 200th Local summit. This is not a specific MountainViews list, but is an example of what you can do with the listing programme. And so it was that I shared a moment of quiet happiness with MountainViewer madfrankie, as I reached the top of modest Knockanora two weeks ago.

We parked at Kn'Anor E (S017 713) in a large recess on the side of the road. Heading about 100 metres north on the road we came to a gate on the left with an overgrown forest track beyond. Walking up this we turned right at the first junction at D (S017 712), and after 600m we turned left at another junction E (S011 713). This entire track is grassy and overgrown, with some ducking under trees and avoiding brambles in places. Taking this left leads up to a dead end at F (S013 711) with the final steep climb to Knockanora visible just on the other side of the trees. A simple route through the trees is found to the left of the dead end. Beyond this lies the final short but sharp climb up to the summit. A faint path leads through what would be otherwise difficult heather and brambles. The views are typical for many of the Shannon group – pleasant rolling farmland and wooded hills in all directions. The summit is marked by a large tumbled down cairn with the trig pillar on top.

This is a nice short route up a nice hill with nice views, and its humble anonymity was a nice contrast to my joy at it being both my 200th Local summit as well as my 400th National summit. My exploration of every summit in the land continues! Linkback:
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   picture about Knockanora (<em>Cnoc an Fhothraigh</em>)
Picture: A view from the summit of the unnamed hill to the SE
An awful trudge
by Colin Murphy 29 Jun 2022
I followed the quicker route in the short summary. Be warned that the track leading to C (S01331 71186) is in a terrible state thanks to forest vehicles churning it into a rutted quagmire (and that's in June!) It is also strewn most of the way with detritus from tree felling, through which you have to pick your way. Having gotten through the trees on the left, the final 200m climb is a leg-wearying trudge up through knee-deep heather and a fairly steep slope. Pleasant views at summit, but one for the baggers only, I'd say. Linkback:
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Picture: tipp from Knockanora
youngjohn on Knockanora
by youngjohn 1 Aug 2009
Knockanora has a mountain/forestry road until about 200ft from the summit where the terrain turns to heather and flaggers. A cairn on the top is ruined by a 'trig' but whats new. Some previous climber in 2000 left an inscription on a stone (which was just as well because I thought i'd found an ancient circle symbol on a stone beside it!). The mountain has fantastic views of the surrounding rich countryside from Slievanamon and the Comeraghs to the Slieve Aughty, Keeper and MaugherMountain, The Devils Bit blocked a clear view of the SlieveBloom though Knockshegowna was plain to be seen. Wish I could have lingered longer, Linkback:
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Lanigans Tower
by aidand 14 Mar 2011
Knockanora is known locally as Lanigans Tower. The usual route up starts through the forest entrance at Latteragh. This is off the main Nenagh -Thurles road. There is plenty of parking. The walk up through the woods is pleasant enough, with some fine views over the surrounding countryside. There is a decent pull up the last stretch to the top. The views off the top are excellent in all directions. Allow about 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Linkback:
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