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South Midlands Area   Slievenamon Subarea
Place count in area: 31, OSI/LPS Maps: 53, 54, 55, 59, 60, 61, 66, 67, 68, 74 
Highest place:
Slievenamon, 720.2m
Maximum height for area: 720.2 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 711 metres,

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Slievenamon Mountain Sliabh na mBan A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh na mBan [OSI], 'mountain of the women') Tipperary County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Red, brown conglomerate & sandstone Bedrock

Height: 720.2m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 67 Grid Reference: S29857 30729
Place visited by 371 members. Recently by: Barbaraduff, John.geary, Turlo143, CianDavis, t.jay, deirdrec, Plomcg, J_Murray, Jay9, fellrunner, learykid, Maire-Ni, nevgeoran, colmo23, nolanlyn
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Longitude: -7.561814, Latitude: 52.427683 , Easting: 229858, Northing: 130729 Prominence: 711m,  Isolation: 1.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 629800 630778,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvnmn, 10 char: Slvnmn
Bedrock type: Red, brown conglomerate & sandstone, (Carrigmaclea Formation)

This mountain is steeped in mythology. The name is derived from the following legend: Fionn Mac Cumhaill sat waiting at the top while women raced up it to win his hand. Since Fionn and Gráinne were in love, he had shown her a short-cut and she duly won the race. Yeats preferred the name Knockfefin. The mountain rises from the plain of Femen, which represents ‘woman’ or ‘femininity’. The song Slievenamon is the Tipperary anthem.   Slievenamon is the highest mountain in the South Midlands area and the 97th highest in Ireland.

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A good easy to follow track .. by group   (Show all for Slievenamon) Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
Picture: A place to sit and contemplate
History and Folklore
by wicklore  25 Jul 2010
Slievenamon may appear unremarkable, but by digging a little deeper it reveals some quite interesting things. It is a special mountain to the people of Tipperary, and the song ‘Sliabh na mban’ is their county anthem which is sung at sporting and other celebratory events. So protective are the locals of their hill that they were outraged at plans for a windfarm to be developed on its slopes. They successfully challenged this and Slievenamon remains windmill-free today.

The name ‘Slievenamon’ derives from Sliabh na mban, the Mountain of the Women, or Maidens. It is said that Fionn Mac Cumhaill chose his wife by picking the winner from a group of women who raced up the mountain. Grainne won, and it is said Fionn helped her to do so by showing her a shortcut to the top! Slievenamon was also home to a group of Faeries known as the Horned Witches. When these witches caused trouble to a local woman by invading her house she tricked them into leaving by shouting that their mountain, Slievenamon, was on fire. When they left she successfully kept them out for good.
Watch out for Horned Witches on the stony track that leads to the summit. The track makes route-finding simple, and Slievenamon attracts all levels of walkers. Contributors here say it is a 45 minute walk to the top along the track. I would suggest that it is a 45 minute walk for fairly fit, regular walkers. The track is steep in places, and several stops for water or breath may be required. I think it is perfectly ok to say it may take some walkers well over an hour to complete. I make this point as a couple I met on the hill felt bad that they had not reached the summit after an hour’s walking. I encouraged them to go at their own pace.

Slievenamon was the scene of some activity during the 1798 rebellion. In July 1798, a pitched battle occurred between the United Irishmen rebels and Government troops nearby. The rebels were defeated, and some say a betrayal resulted in their swift demise. Slievenamon also featured in later Irish History. In 1922 the British Army handed over 13 Whippet Rolls-Royce armoured cars to the fledgling Irish Free State Government. One of these vehicles was allocated to Michael Collins, who had just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the rapidly expanding Free State army. Each of the Rolls-Royces was given a name, and the car allocated to Michael Collins was proudly named Slievenamon. Slievenamon was an escort vehicle with machine guns mounted on the day of the ambush of Michael Collins in Beal na Blath.

More recently on 26th December ’03, Slievenamon was the scene of tragedy when a businessman from Kilkenny, Tom Manning, died while descending the mountain. A large cairn on the upper reaches of the tourist track bears a plaque dedicated to his memory. There is also a well built ‘Memory Seat’ next to a large cross near the beginning of the access track. From the seat fine views can be had across to the Comeraghs. Linkback:
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One place to start is just north of Kilcash at S3 .. by simon3   (Show all for Slievenamon)
I climbed Slievenamon on 5 April 2007 Easter Week .. by deswalk   (Show all for Slievenamon)
I climbed Slievenamon from the same starting poin .. by mneary34   (Show all for Slievenamon)
Slowly slowly catchy monkey.... .. by exaisle   (Show all for Slievenamon)
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