Naul Hills

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Naul Hills
Highest point
Elevation 176 m (577 ft) [1]
Coordinates 53°34′19″N 6°15′32″W / 53.571871°N 6.258884°W / 53.571871; -6.258884
Location Fingal, Ireland
Parent range Naul Hills
OSI/OSNI grid O133602
Topo map OSI Discovery 43
Easiest route West from M1 on R122, then south on R108.

The Naul Hills, or Man-of-War Hills [2] are low-lying hills in Fingal, Ireland, close to the village of Naul, formerly called The Naul,[3] (Irish: An Aill, meaning "the cliff"). They lie beside the County Meath border, 30 kilometres north of Dublin City (17 km north of the airport), 16 km north-northwest of Swords, and 8 km southwest of Balbriggan.[4]

Typical hill elevations run between 140 and 150 metres, with the highest point in the area being the 176m Knockbrack (Irish: An Cnoc Breac, meaning "the speckled hill").[1][5] Limestone quarrying has been carried out in the hills, and the London Encyclopaedia (1829) remarked, "there are coals at Naul...but the coal vein is not worked." [6]


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey map of Naul area Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  2. ^ The Neighbourhood of Dublin by Weston St. John Joyce (3rd ed. 1920). Chapter X: Rathfarnham, Whitechurch, Kelly's Glen and Kilmashogue Mountain.
  3. ^ "Entry for Naul in A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837". Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Fingal County Council, 2002". Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  5. ^ Knockbrack Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-12-29.
  6. ^ The London Encyclopaedia, Vol. VII, London, T. Tegg & Son, 1829. Retrieved: 2010-08-12

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