According to Michael Fewer's Wicklow Way book, Aghowle means "field of the apple trees". Not much of those in evidence these days, but plenty of commercial pine plantations, which are in the process of being clear felled. I parked where the Wicklow Way enters the forest at Ballard (S96417 67543)
, and followed the marked trail almost to the point where it leaves the forest tracks, south of the summit. From there, it's an easy pull up through low-density, mature forest and open ground, up to the summit. The western approach, although not forested, is harder due to the steep gradient and hidden holes.
Nice views from the summit, including Mount Leinster to the south. The top is adorned by an OS trig pillar, plonked atop a long-collapsed cairn. After enjoying the panorama, I headed down to the west, picked up the forest track, and did a circle around to the north of the summit, before heading east back to the car. If you're planning on doing this I'd recommend the Wicklow Way book mentioned above: although there isn't any more detail shown, the 1:25,000 scale makes it easier to work out the sometimes dense network of forest tracks. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/740/comment/3109/