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Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt)
Newcastle, County Down (01), August 2009.JPG
Slieve Donard seen from Newcastle, County Down
Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt) is located in Ireland
Slieve Donard (Sliabh Dónairt)
Location of Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland
Elevation 849 metres (2,785 ft)
Location County Down, Northern Ireland
Prominence About 825 metres (2,700 ft)
Ranked 29th in Great Britain and Ireland
Coordinates 54°10′44.4″N 5°55′8.4″W / 54.179°N 5.919°W / 54.179; -5.919Coordinates: 54°10′44.4″N 5°55′8.4″W / 54.179°N 5.919°W / 54.179; -5.919
Topo map OSNI Discoverer 29
OSI/OSNI grid reference J358276
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt
Translation Mountain of Donard (Irish)

Slieve Donard (from the Irish: Sliabh Dónairt / Sliabh Domangard) is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland, and in the province of Ulster as a whole, at 852 metres (2,795 ft).[1] It is situated by the small seaside town of Newcastle on the east coast. Sitting at the edge of the Mourne Mountains only 2 miles (3 km) from the sea, it provides spectacular views of the coast and as far afield as Belfast, 30 miles north, and Dublin, 55 miles to the south. The mountain is an easy climb although the path is very eroded at places. In recent years a stone path has been made on the steepest parts of the mountain. The most prominent feature of this mountain is the Mourne Wall running along its southern and western shoulders.

The Mourne Wall descending Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard is named after Saint Domangart, or Domangard, also known as Saint Donard.[2] He was a follower of Saint Patrick and the patron saint of the town of Maghera, also in County Down. His feast day is March 24; his "church Rath Muirbuilc, now called Maghera, was at the foot of the mountain near the sea, but he had also an oratory on the very summit of the hill." His death is given as 507 AD.

Although Slieve Donard is Northern Ireland's highest peak, it is not the highest mountain in Ireland - this title belongs to Carrauntoohil in County Kerry, which is almost 200 metres (656 ft) higher.

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  1. ^ Ken Stewart, Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (2004). "Measuring the height of Slieve Donard". 2004 Year Book. http://www.irishscientist.ie/2004/contents.asp?contentxml=04isp45b.xml&contentxsl=is04pages.xsl. Retrieved 2008-06-21. "This final calculation gives a measured height for Slieve Donard of 849.14m above MSL Belfast, and is estimated to be correct to better than 5cm."  
  2. ^ Kay Muhr. "Celebrating Ulster's Townlands". Ulster Place-Name Society (Queen's University, Belfast). http://www.ulsterplacenames.org/place_and_people_names.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-21.  
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