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The County Tops – Number 2: Cupidstown Hill, County Kildare

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the second article on our series on County Tops, we take a visit to Cupidstown Hill, Kildare's highest point at the lofty height of 379 metres. Read more [...]

The County Tops – Number 4: Corn Hill, County Longford

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O’ Connor heads for the midlands to take in Corn Hill in County Longford. The hill may be only 278 metres making it one of the lowest County High-Points in Ireland but it has been responsible for bringing such treasures as 'Where In The World', 'Glenroe', 'Fair City' and 'Murphy's Micro Quiz-m' to TV screens in the midlands since 1978! 'Longford Hill Walking'.... probably the first and last time you will ever hear that particular phrase! Longford is best known for its rivers and lakes and the associated fishing opportunities that they offer. It bears the second-lowest highest point in the country with Corn Hill (also know as Cairn Hill or Carn Clonhugh) topping out at 278 metres, just 18 metres higher than the summit of neighbouring County Westmeath. Corn Hill is one of a number of County High Points which houses an RTE transmitter - the 100 metre high structure atop the hill was opened in March 1978 to provide coverage to an area of poor reception in the midlands. Worryingly for anyone planning to climb the hill, the transmitter is the most powerful in Ireland with an ERP of 800kw.... whatever that means!! Read more [...]

The County Tops – Number 1: Slieve Foye, County Louth

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
For anyone looking for an excuse to visit a selection of the hills and mountains of Ireland, walking the County Tops might just be what you are looking for. The first in the series takes us off the beaten track to Slieve Foye in County Louth. Read more [...]

The County Tops – Number 3: Sawel, Counties Derry and Tyrone

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O' Connor ignores the forecast and braves gale-force winds to take a jaunt up Sawel Mountain to tick off two more County Tops. It would be something of an understatement to say that the weather forecast hadn't been good. Strong to gale-force winds and heavy showers on Friday night leading into Saturday morning was what the friendly weather man had said after the 9 o'clock news. Unperturbed, I got to bed at a reasonable hour and set my alarm for 5:15. Not very long afterwards, I was cursing my stupidity as I done my best to ignore the wind that was very noticeably buffeting my car as I drove along the Carrickmacross bypass. Arriving in Omagh, the heavens opened and the rain came down so heavily that I missed the turn off for Plumbridge and had to backtrack. Why oh why had I not listened to the nice friendly weather man? Read more [...]

The County Tops: Number 6: Slieve Gullion, County Armagh

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O’ Connor takes a walk up Slieve Gullion to visit Ireland's highest surviving passage tomb making sure not to fall into the enchanted 'Lake of Sorrows' at the top of the mountain.  It seems that so many of the hills and mountains in Ireland are shrouded in myth and legend. From Slievenamon's connections with the Celtic underworld to the 236 leprechauns that reputedly still live and thrive in the Cooley Mountains, a huge part of the enjoyment Read more [...]

The County Tops – Number 5: Knockmealdown, County Waterford

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O’ Connor heads to the South-East to take in Knockmealdown, the highest point of County Waterford. Straddling the Waterford/Tipperary border, the Knockmealdowns offer some great walking and fabulous views. At 794 metres, Knockmealdown is one of the higher County Tops but don't be put off by the height, a large portion of it is accounted for by the drive to the starting point. Ater a summer of seemingly incessant rain, I was suprised to find myself with a few evening hours to spare in relatively decent weather whilst working for a couple of days in county Tipperary. After a quick study of my map, I decided to head for the nearby Knockmealdowns. My target was Knockmealdown Mountain itself, the highest point of County Waterford. Read more [...]

The County Tops: Number 7: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, County Down

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O’ Connor takes a walk up Slieve Donard in the magical Mourne Mountains to visit the highest point in County Down and the province of Ulster. Wonderfully dramatic, rugged and varied, the Mourne Mountains are quite simply a hill walker’s delight. Boasting a compact ring of 12 mountains above 600 metres and many other smaller hills, the range can undoubtedly lay claim to offer something for everyone, from the casual stroller to the seasoned Read more [...]