The meeting point for walks is on the South Mall opposite the Imperial Hotel at 8.45am. We carpool from there and leave at 9.00am sharp. Walkers can sign up in person in Counihan’s Pub from 9.00pm on the Wednesday before the Sunday walk or alternatively online at: http://www.corkbackpackers.ie/
Slievenamon (Irish: Sliabh na mBan, “mountain of the women”) is a mountain which is situated northwest of Carrick on Suir and northeast of Clonmel in County Tipperary, Ireland. It stands at 721 m (2,365 ft). Sitting 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. Much of its lower slopes is wooded. A low hill attached to Slievenamon, known as Carrigmaclea (a.k.a. Carraigmoclear), was the site of a battle during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
Irish mythology comes to our aid in explaining the origin of the mountain’s name. According to the tale, many young women sought after Fionn mac Cumhaill, but he said that he could have only one partner. His partner would be whichever woman won a footrace to the top of the mountain. Fionn stood on the cairn atop the mountain and gave a signal to start the race. The winner was Gráinne.
There are two prehistoric cairns on Slievenamon. One is at the very top, and the other is on a lower summit to the northeast known as Sheegouna. (from Irish: Sí Ghamhnaí, meaning “fairy mound of the heifers”).
The song Slievenamon, written in the mid 19th century by revolutionary and poet Charles Kickham, is a well-known patriotic and romantic song about an exile who longs to see “our flag unrolled and my true love to unfold / in the valley near Slievenamon”. Tipperary people regard it is as the unofficial “county anthem” of Co. Tipperary, and regularly sing it by at sporting events.
The Galty Mountains or Galtees (Irish: Na Gaibhlte or Sléibhte na gCoillte) are a mountain range in Ireland’s Golden Vale, Cork and parts of counties Tipperary and Limerick. They are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range. The range takes the form of a high ridge which rises up almost sheer from the surrounding plain. The highest peak is Galtymore, which rises to 917 m (3,009 ft).
The area has a tradition of dairy farming, and a trade name “Galtee” is now synonymous with one of Ireland’s largest food companies which began in the area. Mitchelstown, nestled on the Cork side of the mountains, and Tipperary town on the northern side are the main market towns and centres of commerce for the region.
Historians believe the name “Galty” to be a corruption of the Irish “Sléibhte na gCoillte” – “Mountains of the Forests” in English, however this Irish name has fallen out of use.
Two major periods of glaciation affected the area. The rounded summits of the Galtees were formed due to the higher parts of the Galtees being above the ice. The constant freeze-thaw action on the higher rocks gradually wore these down. Consequently these formed the stony, scree-covered summits we have today. Glacial action also formed cirques on the higher slopes, which are now occupied by five corrie lakes.