Knockmealdown Mountains

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Knockmealdown Mountains
Irish: Sléibhte Chnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh
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The Knockmealdowns from the M8
Highest point
Peak Knockmealdown
Elevation 794 m (2,605 ft)
Coordinates 52°14′N 7°55′W / 52.233°N 7.917°W / 52.233; -7.917Coordinates: 52°14′N 7°55′W / 52.233°N 7.917°W / 52.233; -7.917
Geography
Country Republic of Ireland
Provinces of Ireland Munster

The Knockmealdown Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh) is a mountain range located on the border of counties Tipperary and Waterford in Ireland, running east and west between the two counties. The highest peak of the range is Knockmealdown, situated in County Waterford. On the western side of the summit, the range is crossed by a high pass through which runs the old mail coach road from Lismore to Clogheen.[1]

Name[edit]

Knockmealdown has two interpretations of the Irish origins of its name, either Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh: Muldowneys' Hill or Cnoc Maol Donn: bald brown hill.[2]

Mountain peaks[edit]

List of peaks in the Knockmealdown Mountains ordered by height:

  • Knockmealdown, Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh (794 m)
  • Knockmoylan, Cnoc Maoláin (768 m)
  • Knocknafallia, Cnoc na Faille (668 m)
  • Sugarloaf Hill, Cnoc na gCloch (663 m)
  • Knocknagnauv, Cnoc na gCnámh (655 m)
  • Knockshanahullion, Cnoc Seanchuillinn (652 m)
  • Knocknalougha, Cnoc na Loiche (630 m)
  • Knockmeal, An Cnoc Maol (560 m)
  • Crohan West, An Cruachán (521 m)
  • Farbreaga, An Fear Bréige (518 m)

Wildlife[edit]

This mountain range is an important breeding ground for two endangered species, the red grouse and the hen harrier; cuckoo, nightjar, crossbill, buzzard and grasshopper warbler can also be seen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Description of County Waterford from Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)". Library Ireland. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Knockmealdown Mountains". MountainViews. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 

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