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Slievenamon 1Slievenamon (Irish: Sliabh na mBan, [ˈʃlʲiəw n̪ˠə ˈmˠanˠ]) is a mountain in County Tipperary in the province of Munster in Ireland. It stands at 721 m (2,365 ft). It is located in the south of the county, near the town of Clonmel. Situated at the western end of a range of low hills, Slievenamon is a striking conical mass, offering a dramatic view from the top over the counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford

The mountain has its fair share of Irish legends. The mountain is said to have got its name from the ancient fairy women or Feimhin, who enchanted a warrior named Fionn mac Cumhaill and his followers.

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Another legend tells how Fionn decided to choose his bride from a group of women racing to the top to meet him sitting at the top of Slievenamon. The first to reach the summit was Gráinne, a figure who would become notorious in Irish folklore because of her exploits with the hero Diarmuid.


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(aka Carraigmoclear), a low hill attached to Slievenamon, was the site of a battle during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

I live only eight kilometers from Slievenamon so you will be seeing plenty of landscape images on this site that feature the mountain. My next post for example will feature details of how best to walk to the summit and what you will find when you get there.


One response

  1. Elizabeth Phelan

    I want a lovely image of Slievenamon as a background to a photograph of my father who died in June. This will feature on his memorial card. Gerard Phelan adored Clonmel and its countryside. His paternal family all came from there however, he was brought up in Dublin. His childhood summers were spent with relatives in Clonmel where he was a free spirit and was allowed to help with haymaking and other such activities that were a novelty to a city child. Gerard lived to the great age of 97 and was, I used to say to him, the “Ard Ri” of the family. He will be sadly missed and for me there will never be anyone to share with me the love of Ireland’s beauty

    October 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

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