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Nephin Begs Area   NW: Slieve Carr Subarea
Place count in area: 28, OSI/LPS Maps: 22, 23, 30, 31, CBW, EW-ACC, EW-WNN, EW-WNS 
Highest place:
Slieve Carr, 721m
Maximum height for area: 721 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 646 metres,

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Slieve Alp Hill Sliabh Ailp A name in Irish, also Slieve Walp an extra EastWest name in English (Ir. Sliabh Ailp [], 'mountain of the lump') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Binnion List, Banded, graded and X-bedded quartzites. Bedrock

Height: 329m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23 Grid Reference: F86587 13152
Place visited by 12 members. Recently by: Geo, Wilderness, eamonoc, Fergalh, GSheehy, Garmin, frankmc04, chalky, turfymccloud, Younghappy, osullivanm, simon3
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Longitude: -9.732501, Latitude: 54.055162 , Easting: 86587, Northing: 313152 Prominence: 194m,  Isolation: 3.4km
ITM: 486565 813167,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvAlp, 10 char: Slieve Alp
Bedrock type: Banded, graded and X-bedded quartzites., (Bangor/Corslieve Formation)

This ambitiously named hill lies west of Slieve Carr. 'Alp' means a lump or protuberance and has the same origin as the Alps of Central Europe according to P.W. Joyce. There is a cairn at the summit. The link with the Alps goes further, even if it is a only link of the imagination: a stirring tale recounted by Geoffrey Keating in his Foras Feasa ar Éirinn (History of Ireland, ca. 1634) and also by Duald Mac Firbis in the Genealogies, Tribes and Cusoms of Hy-Fiachrach (1650) tells of the voyage to the continent of King Dathi of Connacht, the last pagan king of Ireland, in order to avenge the death of Niall of the Nine Hostages. He dies in AD 427 when struck by lightning on Sliabh Ealpa (taken to be the Alps). His army, led by his son Amalgaid, fights a number of battles to bring his body back to Ireland to be buried in the Releg of Cruachan. The places in Europe mentioned in this account were identified by Sir Samuel Ferguson, but Hubert Knox, author of the History of the County of Mayo, rightly doubts its historicity. Instead he suggests that Sliabh Ealpa where Dathi died was not the Alps, but rather Slieve Alp near Ballycroy, and that the tale of the invasion of the Roman Empire was an inspired piece of fantasy concocted by somebody unaware of [or deliberately ignoring] the existence of Slieve Alp in Mayo. The association of Dathi with this part of Mayo may be confirmed by the presence of a cairn named Laghtdauhybaun on Slieve Carr and Lough Dahybaun near Bellacorick [Knox, 25-26]. The moral of the story is: make sure you say your prayers if you don't want to be struck by lightning when climbing Slieve Alp!   Slieve Alp is the 1100th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Alp is the second most northerly summit in the Nephin Begs area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Slieve Alp (<i>Sliabh Ailp</i>) in area Nephin Begs, Ireland
Picture: View of Slieve Alp from Slieve Carr.
Grand title, good views, little challenge.
Short Summary created by simon3  22 Apr 2012
This summit can be reached most easily from the minor road at F85390 15197 starA for a round trip of about 2 hours. There is a private bridge here. Ask permission of anyone you see and in particular at the house that the bridge leads to and note that this is a sheep farm so dogs or large parties are most unlikely to be welcome.
Reaching the summit is straightforward. See Track 1546.
It would also be possible to reach Slieve Alp, which is half in the Ballycroy National Park, from the Bangor Trail starting at either end.

Views from the top are spectacular, including much of Achill, with a toblerone view of Slievemore, and much of the southern and western Nephin Begs, particularly Slieve Carr from which it is only 5k
The intriguingly grand claim of its name is perhaps not justified, nevertheless the locals do indeed call it Slieve Alp without a hint of irony! Linkback: Picture about mountain Slieve Alp (<i>Sliabh Ailp</i>) in area Nephin Begs, Ireland
Picture: View to the West and South.
Views and atmosphere.
by simon3  22 Apr 2012
We invite you to share this view west from Slieve Alp. Linkback:
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Picture: Alpine bridge.
Suspension bridge to the local Alps.
by simon3  22 Apr 2012
The unusual foot bridge over the Tarsaghaunmore River. Vehicular access is by way of a rough ford useable when the water level is low.
Ask permission when using this bridge. Linkback:
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Picture: Stony Cairn
A stony summit, but not alpine
by Geo  12 Jun 2023
After I had ascended the dizzying heights of nearby Sheannmore I took this one on from the delightful little gorge at approximately F881 125 starB, with a relatively straightforward climb north west then following the spur westerly as it changes direction. No major obstacles, a few minor peat hags half way up and some stony ground at and near the top. Linkback:
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