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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 805th 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.
 
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Approach via Garraunbaun
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  Thu 25 Nov
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/
 
Hillus horribilus .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Farbreague (Fear Bréige))
 
Farbreague (aka Hardyman) has a real wilderness a .. by peterturner   (Show all for Farbreague (Fear Bréige))
 
I parked at the same spot as peterturner (though .. by csd   (Show all for Farbreague (Fear Bréige))
 
Blooming well finished. .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Farbreague (Fear Bréige))
 
from Arderin .. by ewen   (Show all for Farbreague (Fear Bréige))
 
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