Hi, I logged on to let you know the Spelling is wrong and it is starting to catch on in literature and this makes me sad.
There is not an "h" in the spelling . Correct spelling is KNOCKCREE and my understanding is that this has the meaning in Irish " HILLOCK of the HERBS" from very old documents. (there is also the name Knockcree in Dublin same spelling).
My ancestors and present generations were born in the valley of this hill within near touching distance of about 500yrds.. In fact the name of every family , living in close proximity in the area, appears in documentation dating back to at least 1778. Neither they, my ancestors nor we have ever used an "h" . Please remain true to its origins.
PS I have only climbed it 3 times in the past 52 years, but we do know how blessed we are with its beauty and views. Hope you do enjoy it too. Thanks
Also the American G'Is were stationed here in WW11. They did training and Manouvers on Knockcree and General Patton visited the troops here for a pep talk before D Day. My uncle then 8 years and his pals followed the soliders and as they could not get rid of them the leaders allowed them to stay and drill alongside them, using their little sticks, on the side of Knockcree. With the low-flying American planes passing overhead from nearby Cranfield Aerodrome, it was an an exciting and strange time for a child. My uncle recalls watching in horror as a plane spluttered over their home, a trail of smoke billowing from one engine and crashed near Binnian, killing two American Pilots. These accident were not reported in the press in an effort to prevent the enemy learning of the Manouvers in the area. Many farming families at Cranfield were displaced in order to build the Aerodrome. One respected local historian recalls having to cross the camp to get to School. Although out of bounds to the public he often got a lift across the wide expanse with the American GIs in their jeeps.
The Metal spike at the top is probably a remnant from the Military. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/952/comment/18649/