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Galteemore Mountain                                                   Geology

When viewed from the lowlands, particularly from the southern side, the Galtee mountains present themselves as green rolling  hills.  However, as any hiker or climber who has experienced the hills will tell you, they are magnificent, challenging, and daunting and anything but 'green rolling hills'.  Certainly there are many miles of gentle hiking/walking trails lower down the hillside.  But, if you are planning a trip to the top of any of the peaks, be sure to get local advice, and visit some of the excellent websites created by experienced climbers who generously offer their advice to keep you safe. These mountains have many secrets not easily discernable unless you get your hiking boots on: cliffs, lakes, bogs, streams, archaeology, wildlife, sheep, wonderful wild plants, and history. They also have views to die for.  Who knows how many counties can be seen from the top of Galteemore.  Certainly all the neighbouring counties, but it is claimed that on a clear day you can also see all the way to County Kerry.


View from the summit of Carrignabinnia looking across to Slievecushnabinnia and on to Galteemore. Taken during a circuit of Monabrack before going on to Lyracappul and down via Knockaterriff Beg.

This Picture and caption by Jackill from www.mountainviews.ie 


Galtee Mountains
This information on the geology of the Galtees range is taken from from Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia.


The Galtee Mountains (or Na Gaibhlte in Irish) are a mountain range in Munster, located in Ireland's Golden Vale across parts of counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork. The Galtees are Ireland's highest inland mountain range, taking the form of a high ridge which rises up almost sheer from the surrounding plain. The highest peak in the Galtees is that of Galteemore which rises to 919m (3018ft).

The Galtees were formed during the Caledonian Foldings, which caused the underlying Silurian rocks to fold into great ridges. However, the Silurian rocks were quite soft and were quickly eroded. The eroded dust from these rocks compacted over millions of years to form Old Red Sandstone, a tough enduring rock. The Galtees are of Red Sandstone, but with a softer Silurian rock core.

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 to form the stony, scree covered summits we have today. Glacial action also formed cirques on the higher slopes, which are now occupied by corrie lakes.


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Galtymore DVD from Big Tom and the Mainliners

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'The Grey Wolf of Galtymore' by Joseph E Chipperfield

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'Galtymore' DVD

'Galtee More' Horse

'Dog from Galtymore'

Engine 'Galtee More'



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