Keeper Hill

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Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta
Sliabh Coimeálta
Viewed from the west
Highest point
Elevation694 m (2,277 ft)
Prominence627 m (2,057 ft)
ListingP600, Marilyn, Hewitt
Coordinates52°45′04″N 8°15′36″W / 52.751°N 8.260°W / 52.751; -8.260Coordinates: 52°45′04″N 8°15′36″W / 52.751°N 8.260°W / 52.751; -8.260
Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta is located in island of Ireland
Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta
Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta
Location in Ireland
LocationCounty Tipperary, Ireland
Parent rangeSilvermine Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridR823667
Topo mapOSi Discovery 59
Easiest routeWay marked from Doonane carpark through Ballyhourigan woods

Keeper Hill or Slievekimalta (from Irish: Sliabh Coimeálta, meaning "mountain of guarding")[1] is a mountain with a height of 694 metres (2,277 ft)[2] in the Silvermine Mountains of County Tipperary, Ireland. Traditionally, it was deemed to be part of the Slieve Felim Mountains.[3][4]


Keeper Hill, also known as Slievekimalta, gets its name from a little-known tale about Sadb, daughter of Conn of the Hundred Battles, raising her children Eogan and Indderb on this mountain after they had been rejected by their father Ailill Aulom, king of Munster.[2]


The mountain is about 15 km east of Limerick City. Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Silvermines (and the wider Shannon area) and the 117th highest in Ireland. There is a stone circle in Bauraglanna townland on the northeastern slopes, known as Firbrega ('false men').[2]

Access to the summit[edit]

There is a looped walk around the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, to which the ‘hardy’ walker can add the ‘trek’ to the summit. This loop walk is part of the National Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple National Looped Walk directional arrows.[5]

Historically, a Lughnasadh gathering was held on the summit each August.[2]


On the slopes of Keeper Hill is a woodland of 3,300 hectares, mostly of non-native conifers. The 300 hectare summit is blanket bog and Nardus grassland, considered of ecological importance. Keeper Hill is designated a Special Area of Conservation.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Slievekimalta or Keeper Hill. Placenames Database of Ireland.
  2. ^ a b c d Keeper Hill.
  3. ^ Slieve Felim.
  4. ^ Tempan, Paul (2006). "Two Mountain Names: Slieve Felim and Mauherslieve". North Munster Antiquarian Journal, volume 6. pp.120-122
  5. ^ Keeper Hill Trek, Shannon Region Trails
  6. ^ Keeper Hill SAC, National Parks and Wildlife Service

External links[edit]

  • "Keeper Hill, Ireland".