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Croghan Mountain

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Croghan Mountain
Cruachán Uí Chinnsealaigh
Croghan, and Croghan East Top, in snow as viewed from Kilcavan, County Wicklow
Highest point
Elevation606 m (1,988 ft) [1]
Prominence541 m (1,775 ft) [1]
ListingHewitt, Marilyn, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
Coordinates52°48′N 6°19′W / 52.800°N 6.317°W / 52.800; -6.317Coordinates: 52°48′N 6°19′W / 52.800°N 6.317°W / 52.800; -6.317
English translationlittle stack of Kinsella
Language of nameIrish
Croghan Mountain
Croghan Mountain
Location in Ireland
LocationWicklow/Wexford border, Ireland
Parent rangeWicklow Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridT1309672884
Topo mapOSi Discovery 62
Type of rockBasalt and gabbro[1]

Croghan Mountain or Croghan Kinsella (Irish: Cruachán Uí Chinnsealaigh, meaning "little stack of the Kinsella family")[2] at 606 metres (1,988 ft), is the 211th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale,[3] and the 258th–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale.[4][5] The fuller name comes from the Uí Chinnsealaigh, who were the dominant gaelic family in the area; and is used differenciate it from other "Cruachan" mountains.[2][6]

Croghan is situated at the far southeastern end of the Wicklow Mountains on the Wicklow and Wexford border, in Ireland.[5] Croghan is separated from the main range on its own small massif that includes neighbouring Croghan East Top 562 metres (1,844 ft) (which gives Croghan the profile of a "double peak"), and Slievefoore 414 metres (1,358 ft) to the east. Croghan is the source of the River Bann with rises from its southern slopes.[5]

Raheenleagh Wind Farm

The eastern side of Croghan contains the Raheenleagh Wind Farm, which was a 32.2 MW Coillte-ESB Group joint venture project that opened on 20 September 2016.[7] The wind farm was constructed in an existing Coillte forest, and consists of 11 Siemens Wind Power (108 – DD – 3.2MW) wind turbines.[7] The project received planning permission in 2012, and a 17-month construction process started in mid-2015.[7]

In 2018, it was reported that Coillte had sold their 50 percent stake to Greencoat Renewables.[8]


  • MountainViews Online Database (Simon Stewart) (2013). A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits: The Vandeleur-Lynams & the Arderins. Collins Books. ISBN 978-1-84889-164-7.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Croghan Mountain/Croghan Kinsella". MountainViews Online Database. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Paul Tempan (February 2012). "Irish Hill and Mountain Names" (PDF).
  3. ^ Simon Stewart (October 2018). "Arderins: Irish mountains of 500+m with a prominence of 30m". MountainViews Online Database.
  4. ^ Simon Stewart (October 2018). "Vandeleur-Lynams: Irish mountains of 600+m with a prominence of 15m". MountainViews Online Database.
  5. ^ a b c Mountainviews, (September 2013), "A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits: The Vandeleur-Lynams & the Arderins", Collins Books, Cork, ISBN 978-1-84889-164-7
  6. ^ Brendan Bracken (6 March 2010). "Go Walk: Raheenleagh Wood to Croghan Mountain, Co Wexford/Co Wicklow". Irish Times. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "About the Raheenleagh Wind Farm Project". Raheenleagh Wind Farm. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  8. ^ Joe Brennan (11 September 2018). "State to share in €136m Coillte will earn from sale of its stake in four wind farms". Irish Times. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
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