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Blackstairs Mountains Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 68 
Highest place:
Mount Leinster, 794.4m
Maximum height for area: 794.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 706.4 metres,

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Blackstairs Mountain Mountain Na Staighrí Dubha A name in Irish
(Ir. na Staighrí Dubha [GE], 'the black stairs') Carlow/ Wexford County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 732.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S81000 44800
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Longitude: -6.806695, Latitude: 52.548924 , Easting: 281000, Northing: 144800 Prominence: 540m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 680931 644846,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BlckMn, 10 char: BlckstMntn
Bedrock type: Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist, (Ballybeg Member)

Caher Roe's Den is a cave on the SW ridge of this peak. A jutting pinnacle at this place is called Sthurra [MacNeill, 225]. Caher Roe's Den is named after Cathaoir na gCapall of the O’Dempsey family from Laois. After he was dispossessed, he turned rapparee and stole horses. He was hanged at Maryborough (Port Laoise) in August 1735. The Den is reputed to hold his treasure. However, Máire MacNeill remarks: We doubt if Cathaoir na gCapall ever had to take refuge there. The cave-dwelling abductor, the owner of treasure in the bowels of the mountain, was not, we are sure, the eighteenth century raparee, but an ancient deity, possibly the remote divine ancestor of the Leinstermen, Cathair Már. Local people used to climb to Caher Roe's Den on Mountain Sunday, the last Sunday of July [MacNeill, 225-27].   Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Blackstairs Mountains area and the 88th highest in Ireland. Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest point in county Carlow and also the second highest in Wexford.

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Picture: A cold day on the summit!
murphysw on Blackstairs Mountain, 2008
by murphysw  17 Feb 2008
Maybe the Blackstairs should be re-christened the Anti-Dartrys, its such a pro-walker area. Sli na Slainte signs and waymarkers abound, with plenty of signs warning drivers to be mindful of walkers. I too parked up at the spot recommended by Joss Lynam's book, and the elderly farmer himself was there carrying a huge load of hay on his back. I checked with him if there were any access problem, he said 'no problem, walk away, sure everybody does here. Great day for it.' It was, although my luck with the Blackstairs had yet to change, and a small yet thick cloud perched on the summit, and was there for the day. It should be noted by anyone using Joss Lynams book that there have been a few changes. Park up across from the farm, while the lane swings away to the right, you go through a gate straight on. This lane will take you up to a brand new bungalow. The green road runs parallel to his about 200 yards to your left. Dont go all the way to the bungalow. When you are in line with a grey barn and roofless building across the field to your right, there should be a stream to your left where there is a break in the stone wall. Go through this and cross a very wet, though not boggy, field to reach the green road. You can follow this if you want, I chose to plough straight up to Caher Roe's den. The ground is excellent, firm and dry, if somewhat rocky in parts. A minute or so short of the summit are two crosses. The summit itself is obviously the domain of someone with a cairn fetish as there are now 4 of them up there. I further note, driving to the start at about S810477 A I noticed somebody had put up a large signpost marked 'Blackstairs Mountain' pointing up a path leading to the mountain. It seems the locals are indeed keen to get people on their mountain Linkback:
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Picture: View from Brandon Hill of Blackstairs Mountain
mneary34 on Blackstairs Mountain, 2005
by mneary34  10 Oct 2005
Blackstairs Mountain can be seen in all its glory from Brandon Hill 15 k to the south west as shown in this photo. The surrounding land beside these mountains is remarkably flat. Linkback:
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Picture: Air crash site,deep in snow
by Kennyj  10 Jan 2016
First snows on Blackstairs today,drifts of three/four feet near the summit,picture shows air crash site Linkback:
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csd on Blackstairs Mountain, 2004
by csd  2 Aug 2004
As recommended by "Best Irish Walks", we parked at grid ref S 7924 4508 B, and headed for the summit via the green road that leads to the saddle between Blackstairs and Bran Scultair. The rocky outcrops of Caher Roe's Den make the southern approach interesting, but alas we were wreathed in fog for the duration of the ridge walk. The picture shows one of the three cairns on the flat and rather uninteresting summit. Rather than complete the full walk from the book we descended SW back to the car after traveling approx 1 km north of the summit. Although the descent looks quite steep, it was easily manageable with a bit of care. Linkback:
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icy trip
by Kennyj  6 Jan 2015
I climbed up blackstairs mountain last week on a good clear but cold day,there is good parking on a grassy area near the start,following the kilkenny road out of kiltealy take a left turn at the first crossroads past the sculloge gap and follow the road uphill for about 200 metres to the parking area taking care not block access for farming.The start of the walk begins a short distance up the road through an iron gate signposted black stairs mountain,follow this lane way which is rough underfoot up to the next gateway where the track begins, keep an eye out for a tree up ahead which you need to stay left of over the wall and up the start of the track. The ground here is usually quiet wet but today it had iced over.Its a good hour and a half climb uphill steep in parts and rough underfoot to the summit which today was white with frost and ice for the last quarter of the climb.There are superb views back towards Knockroe and Mount Leinster all the way up and good views down towards Cathairs den from the summit which is marked by a high cairn.The trip back down was fairly slippy and care was needed due to the frozen ground.Trip from start to finish took around two and a half hours and we'll worth it. Linkback:
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Blackstairs historic views
by YoungJohn  3 Aug 2018
Parked at Scullogue gap car park beside the large stone monument to 1798 rising. Asked permission to access from a local farmers son. Steep ascent to the ridge through ferns and Heather. Tracked West. Found a well worn path which I followed to the summit. Great views of Mt Leinster and surrounding areas. 31/2 hours to 4 hours. Linkback:
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