A view of Errigal from Gweedore.
|Elevation||751 m (2,464 ft) |
|Prominence||688 m (2,257 ft) |
|Native name||An Earagail(Irish)|
|Parent range||Derryveagh Mountains|
|Topo map||OSi Discovery 1|
Errigal (Irish: An Earagail) is a 751-metre (2,464 ft) mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains and the tallest peak in County Donegal. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the "Seven Sisters". The Seven Sisters includes Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght and Errigal. The nearest peak is Mackoght (from Irish: Mac Uchta, meaning "son of the mountain-breast") which is also known as Little Errigal or Wee Errigal (Irish: an Earagail Bheag).
Errigal is well known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. Another noted quality is the ever-changing shape of the mountain depending on what direction you view it from. Errigal was voted 'Ireland's Most Iconic Mountain' by Walking & Hiking Ireland in 2009.
Errigal was named by the Fir Bolg who, originating in Greece, came to worship Errigal as they had Mount Olympus. The name comes from the Latin orare (to pray) and the Greek ekklesia (church). Scholars consider it one of the oldest placenames in Ireland.
In recent years, there have been numerous erroneous references to Mount Errigal. In 2016, Ireland's national tourism authority, Fáilte Ireland, apologised for using the name "Mount Errigal" in its brochure, rather than the proper name. The official name is An Earagail or Errigal. Mount Errigal is the name of a hotel in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
The mountain is most often climbed from the carpark off the R251 road. The route initially starts off by crossing heavily eroded and boggy land towards a visible track through the shiny scree from where the ascent proper starts. After reaching the summit, people usually walk the short but exposed walk along One Man's Pass which leads across to the second and lower of the twin summits. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised.
In popular culture
- In the 2008 film Hunger, the main protagonist Bobby Sands describes Errigal as a "beautiful sight".
- Images of a misty Errigal were used in the music video for In A Lifetime by Clannad and Bono in 1985. It has also appeared in numerous music videos by local singer Enya, most notably in the video for "How Can I Keep From Singing?".
- Several scenes from the 2011 movie Your Highness were shot on Errigal.
- The Goats Don't Shave song "Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)" contains the line, "To stand on top of Errigal, would give me such a thrill".
- The Irish composer Vincent Kennedy set the mountain to music in 2012 as part of his music for The Happy Prince in a piece entitled "Snowfall on Errigal"
- Errigal features prominently in the music video for New Zealand indie rock band The Chills' song Heavenly Pop Hit.
- The song Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair, written by Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, begins with the lines "Céad slán ag sléibhte maorga Chondae Dhún na nGall / Agus dhá chéad slán ag an Earagal árd / Ina stua os cionn caor 's call". The song is performed by Altan, the group fronted by Prionsias's daughter Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.
- Ordnance Survey Ireland — the name is 'Errigal', omitting the word 'Mount'.
- "An Earagail/Errigal". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Macerlean, Fergal (15 August 2009). "A route less travelled". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Feeny, Seán P. (21 August 2015). "When did they change Errigal's name?". Donegal News. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Scanlon, Cronan (25 August 2016). "Fáilte Ireland admits it got Errigal's name wrong". Donegal News. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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