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Slieve Bloom Area , S: Arderin Subarea
Feature count in area: 12, by county: Offaly: 8, Laois: 5, of which 1 is in both Laois and Offaly, OSI/LPS Maps: 54
Highest Place: Arderin 527m

Starting Places (1) in area Slieve Bloom:
General's Road

Summits & other features in area Slieve Bloom:
Cen: Wolftrap Mountain: Carroll's Hill 482m, Castleconor 407m, Stillbrook Hill 514m, Wolftrap Mountain 487m
E: Capard: Baunreaghcong 508.2m, Ridge of Capard 482.1m
S: Arderin: Arderin 527m, Barcam 484m, Farbreague 430m, Garraunbaun 406m
W: Kinnitty: Cumber Hill 316m, Knocknaman 337m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Farbreague, 430m Hill Fear Bréige A name in Irish,
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(prob. Ir. Fear Bréige [PDT], 'false man') Hardyman an extra name in English, Offaly County in Leinster province, in Carn Lists, Farbreague is the 804th highest place in Ireland. Farbreague is the second most southerly summit in the Slieve Bloom area.
Grid Reference S20314 97171, OS 1:50k mapsheet 54
Place visited by: 49 members, recently by: markwallace, John.geary, Colin Murphy, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, saule, High-King, JohnWick, Jamessheerin, marcellawalking, twilawalking, omurchu, markmjcampion, ewen, Ulsterpooka
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Longitude: -7.698088, Latitude: 53.025131, Easting: 220314, Northing: 197171, Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 620254 697203,   Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Frb430, 10 char: Farbreague
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)
Notes on name: 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.
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Summary for Farbreague (Fear Bréige): Approach via Garraunbaun
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2021-11-25 18:57:16
            MountainViews.ie picture about Farbreague (<em>Fear Bréige</em>)
Picture: The summit marker.
Probably the simplest approach is via the neighbouring Garraunbaun, parking at the start of a forest road at A (S204 942). 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 B (S200 962), 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.
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Member Comments for Farbreague (Fear Bréige)

peterturner on Farbreague
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 C (S185 969). 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: mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/3024/
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Picture: The coloured pole, located a few meters from the summit of Farbreaga
csd on Farbreague
by csd 7 Jun 2009
I parked at the same spot as peterturner (though my GPS ref is D (S18327 96964)), 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: mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/3820/
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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 A (S204 942). Total time to climb these two hills 1hr 55mins car to car. So ends my affair with the Slieve Blooms. Linkback: 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 E (S211 988). This took us back to the gap road and eventually to the car at F (S231 996) Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/18591/
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Picture: Route up to Farbreague
csd on Farbreague
by csd 7 Jun 2009
This picture shows a Google Earth representation of the GPS trace I took. Up and down from the parking spot to the summit takes about 1h20m. It's 4.5km there and back with a total rise of just under 200m. Not very challenging, but Garraun doesn't make an ideal partner to make a circuit out of it either! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/687/comment/3821/
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