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Slieve Bloom Area   S: Arderin Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 54 
Highest place:
Arderin, 527m
Maximum height for area: 527 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 420 metres,

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Farbreague Hill Fear Bréige A name in Irish, also Hardyman an extra name in English (prob. Ir. Fear Bréige [PDT], 'false man') Offaly County in Leinster Province, in Carn List, Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone Bedrock

Height: 430m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: S20314 97171
Place visited by 47 members. Recently by: Colin Murphy, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, saule, High-King, JohnWick, Jamessheerin, marcellawalking, twilawalking, omurchu, markmjcampion, ewen, Ulsterpooka, delboyir, hivisibility
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Longitude: -7.698088, Latitude: 53.025131 , Easting: 220314, Northing: 197171 Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 620254 697203,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Frb430, 10 char: Farbreague
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)

Also known as Hardyman. There is a local tradition that the weather for the festive assemby on Arderin was nearly always wet, due a curse put on it by a priest when a man was killed in faction-fighting at the Hardyman [MacNeill, 223]. Farbreague (from Ir. Fear Bréige or Fear Bréigeach, 'false man') is a common name throughout Ireland for a heap of stones, sometimes occurring as Buachaill Bréige or Bréigeach ('false boy/shepherd'). Although these heaps are often unremakable nowadays, they may once have stood as tall columns, resembling a human figure when seen from a distance. Hardyman seems to be an English translation of such a name, probably being a variant pronunciation of the word herdman or herdsman. Cf. the surname Hardiman, common in Galway and Mayo, often used as an anglicisation of Ó hArgadáin, but perhaps with the same origin as the English names Herdman and Hardman, common in Ulster.   Farbreague is the 803rd highest place in Ireland. Farbreague is the second most southerly summit in the Slieve Bloom area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Farbreague (<i>Fear Bréige</i>) in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: The summit marker.
 
Approach via Garraunbaun
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  25 Nov 2021
Probably the simplest approach is via the neighbouring Garraunbaun, parking at the start of a forest road at S 204 942 A. Continue up to the T-junction and just ahead, slightly to the left there is a narrow, grassy, often muddy track through the trees opening onto the moorland at c.500m from the summit. The remaining walk to Garraunbaun is over rough heathery ground with no obvious tracks, and tough going. At the summit there is an old fence-line following the county bounds between Laois/Offaly and a faint track there appears going NE to Farbreague. Follow this one-person track down to the col at S 200 962 B, where the terrain drops sharply, although briefly. Part of this section can be very marshy, especially in winter. From the col the narrow track improves and is marked on occasion by a post stuck in the ground. This will take you all the way to the summit, which is marked by a tall, metal pole. Return by same route. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/5446/
 
peterturner on Farbreague, 2008
by peterturner  30 Mar 2008
Farbreague (aka Hardyman) has a real wilderness appeal. There are virtually no tracks leading to the summit and my ascent was via the road at Roscomroe Bridge (Explorer Map 54) parking the car at the forest track on the corner at Clashroe A S185 969 C. Follow the gravel forest track to the bitter end ignoring other different-coloured gravel tracks then take the forest ride as far as that goes. Turn right crossing the rivulet at the end of this forest ride into an ever-compacting pine plantation. 'Bushbash' (NZ term) uphill for 2-3 minutes and then follow the left edge of the more mature forest that you get glimpses of during the bush-bash. Finally out of the forest head NE to the summit which is still about 25 minutes away or so. Summit is marked with a multi-coloured (Laois/Offaly GAA colours mostly I think) pole. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/3024/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Farbreague (<i>Fear Bréige</i>) in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: The coloured pole, located a few meters from the summit of Farbreaga
csd on Farbreague, 2009
by csd  7 Jun 2009
I parked at the same spot as peterturner (though my GPS ref is S18327 96964 D), and headed up into the forest. I took the northmost track shown on the OS map, which is more grassed-over than gravel track. It soon peters out into what looks like a scene of a meteorite hit, but if you perservere around the fallen trees, you can pick up the track further into the forest, which takes you up onto open ground without too much difficulty. From there it's 1 km to the summit, and you can use faint tracks in the bog to limit the lifting-legs-over-heather experience. Although not a very high summit, there are good views from the top. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/3820/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Farbreague (<i>Fear Bréige</i>) in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Lens bag way
 
Blooming well finished.
by eamonoc  12 Sep 2013
Wed 4/9/2013. Climbed Farbreague from Garraunbaun, was able to follow a line of old fence posts north down to an obvious col, then spotted an old lens bag attached to a small marker pole, the ground dropped steeply here and where the old fence posts veered left I spotted a white marker pole directly uphill, this marked the start of a small well trodden path I followed all the way to the top of Farbreague. This made for easy going through the knee high heather that abounds here, fine views toward Ard Erin from Farbreague, followed outward route back to Garraunbaun and down to car parked at forest track T junction above S 204 942 A. Total time to climb these two hills 1hr 55mins car to car. So ends my affair with the Slieve Blooms. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/15173/
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from Arderin
by ewen  28 Nov 2016
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.
The multicoloured pipe at the top marked the end of the nice part of the day. Rather than backtracking we wanted to go down to the Glendine gap road so we headed down on a bearing of 23° over tummocky heather to the treeline. We then faffed about a bit trying to find a way through the trees, eventually hitting the forest road at S211988 E. This took us back to the gap road and eventually to the car at S231996 F Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/18591/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Farbreague (<i>Fear Bréige</i>) in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Part of the swamp-like col.
 
Hillus horribilus
by Colin Murphy  25 Nov 2021
Here's what NOT to do! Having approached from Garraunbaun, the col between the two hills proved fairly ropey in terms of its marshy/muddy nature. Not wishing to go through it again this time going uphill, I decided to turn east at S 201 964 G, with the intention of dropping down to the substantial forest track which would take me back to my car at S 204 942 A. After 20 minutes I knew I'd made a major mistake, but had passed the point of no return so laboured on. It was nightmarish, I kid you not. The heather (which was bad enough) disappeared to be replaced by waist-high grass growing on treacherous terrain, which is putting it mildly. I fell at least 6 times. This was eventually replaced by ferns growing on equally pot-holed land with the added treat of intertwining brambles. Much falling, tearing and swearing later (45 minutes of hell) I arrived at the track with great relief. But as though the hill wanted to torture me one last time, just as I stepped onto the track, a final thick length of bramble snagged my leg sending me flat on my face. So stick with the boggy route back. You have been warned. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/23359/
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