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South Connemara Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 44, 45 
Highest place:
Shannavara, 358m
Maximum height for area: 358 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 329 metres,

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Cnoc Mordáin Hill (Ir. Cnoc Mordáin [logainm.ie], 'hill of Mordán') Galway County, in Binnion List, Megacrystic pink/grey monzogranite Bedrock

Height: 354m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L86408 37770
Place visited by 35 members. Recently by: TommyV, fieldoptic, trevorf, ColinCallanan, juliewoods, eamonoc, frankmc04, Stiofan, deirdrenig, MichaelE, bryanmccabe, jimbloomer, chalky, mdoc1969, On-the-hills
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Longitude: -9.707642, Latitude: 53.378105 , Easting: 86408, Northing: 237770 Prominence: 329m,  Isolation: 6.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 486382 737795,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CncMrd, 10 char: CncMrdán
Bedrock type: Megacrystic pink/grey monzogranite, (Errisbeg Townland Granite)

Mordán is a wizard connected in folklore with this hill [TR]. The name is very suggestive of the Welsh Merddyn (Merlin). Walks: for a route around Binn Bhuí, S of Cnoc Mordáin, see Walking in Connemara, 3.2. For a walk along the ridge (named Derryrush to Kilkieran, rather than Cnoc Mordáin), see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 28-29.   Cnoc Mordáin is the second highest hill in the South Connemara area and the 1044th highest in Ireland.

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The summit area is a great vantage point for view .. by simon3   (Show all for Cnoc Mordáin)
 
The view south and east from the steep side of th .. by simon3   (Show all for Cnoc Mordáin)
 
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Picture: The ridge of Cnoc Mordáin from SE.
 
simon3 on Cnoc Mordáin, 2009
by simon3  17 Jun 2009
Arguably Cnoc Mordáin is the best of the south Connemara summits, its petite grandeur surpassing even the rough topped Errisbeg. From the Galway to Carna road (R340) its steep SE facing slopes, some 4k long, look extremely impressive. The slopes are not so steep on the NW side, making the mountain a long scarp. The ridge is split into two parts by a col midway which drops to around 275m.

This part of south Connemara is granite country. The slightly pinkish granite of the ridge has been shaped by the passage of abrasive laden ice into roche moutonee. The rock is in long ridges similar to what you often see in the corduroy country of the Cahas or on Mount Gabriel, only the rock here is the much harder granite. Incidentally according to Wikipedia 'The term "roche moutonnée" comes from the French for "fleecy rock", a term for a French wig, despite its popular misinterpretation as "rock sheep."' Certainly if you were a student of geology you could do worse than this ridge for examples of glacial landforms. In fact the entire ridge looks like a giant roche moutonee.

For a quick baggers dash for the summit you could start from the unfenced road NE of the summit at around L88003920 A which looks straightforward though I didn't try it.

To take in the whole ridge and get a decent walk you can park at the end of the public road at L85936 35062 B at the SW end. Walk up the track approximately west until you are nearing the trees and can head for the summit ridge.

As you rise on the ridge the view expands dramatically, revealing Kilkieran Bay to the east with its flooded intricate landscape and south Connemara summits such as Errisbeg. Eventually the view of the Bens, the Turks, the Devil's Mother and even Mweelrea appear. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/3865/
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Long Connemara Summer Evening .. by fieldoptic   (Show all for Cnoc Mordáin)
 
Alternative Starting Point .. by mdoc1969   (Show all for Cnoc Mordáin)
 
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