Slieve Foy

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Slieve Foy
Sliabh Feá
Slieve Foy. Carlingford. Ireland - panoramio.jpg
Slieve Foy from the northwest
Highest point
Elevation589 m (1,932 ft) [1]
Prominence494 m (1,621 ft) [1]
ListingCounty Top (Louth), Marilyn
Coordinates54°02′40″N 6°13′05″W / 54.04444°N 6.21806°W / 54.04444; -6.21806Coordinates: 54°02′40″N 6°13′05″W / 54.04444°N 6.21806°W / 54.04444; -6.21806
Slieve Foy is located in island of Ireland
Slieve Foy
Slieve Foy
Location in Ireland
LocationCounty Louth, Ireland
Parent rangeCooley Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridJ168119
Topo mapOSi Discovery 36

Slieve Foy or Slieve Foye (Irish: Sliabh Feá)[2] is a mountain on the Cooley Peninsula in Louth, Ireland. It rises to 589 metres (1,932 ft), making it the highest of the Cooley Mountains and the highest in Louth. It overlooks Carlingford Lough and the village of Carlingford, and is sometimes called Carlingford Mountain.


Slieve Foy is one of two ridges which make up the Cooley Mountains and is separated from the rest of the range by the Windy Gap. It is an elongated mountain running northwest-southeast and includes the lesser summits known as The Foxes Rock, The Ravens Rock, The Eagles Rock, and Barnavave.[1]


The name Sliabh Feá means "mountain of the woods".[2] Locally the name is understood as Sliabh Fathaigh, "mountain of the giant", because its outline is said to resemble a sleeping giant.[1] Local lore has it that the giant Finn, representing summer, stood on the mountain while fighting his rival Ruscaire, representing winter. Finn is said to have beaten Ruscaire by throwing a boulder across the lough at him, which became the Cloughmore (The Big Stone) on Slieve Martin.[3]

The mountain also appears in the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). The army of Queen Medb (Maeve) is said to have dug a pass through the mountain, which became known as Barnavave (Bearna Mhéabha, "Maeve's gap").[4]


A local businessman began organising leprechaun-related tourist activities in the area in 1989, including a "leprechaun hunt" to find hidden ceramic figures. In 2009, with support from local councillors, the mountain was formally declared a "Designated Area of Protection for Flora, Fauna, Wild Animals and Little People" under the EU Habitats Directive.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Slieve Foy". MountainViews. Retrieved 2 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b Slieve Feá/Slieve Foye. Placenames Database of Ireland.
  3. ^ Finn McCool and The Cloughmore. Carlingford and Mourne.
  4. ^ Gosling, Paul "The Route of Táin Bó Cúailnge Revisited". Emania Issue 22, 2014. p.157
  5. ^ "'Little people' are protected by EU" (html). The Argus. Dublin, Ireland: 24 February 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2019.; McGarry, Patsy (13 August 2016). "In a Word . . . Leprechaun". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 August 2019.; "Support our Leprechauns!". Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2019.