Knockmealdown (Irish: Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh, meaning 'hill of Maoldomhnach') is the highest peak of the Knockmealdown Range of mountains, located on the border between Co Tipperary and Co Waterford.[1]

Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh
Knockmealdown east face and summit
The screes are steep and barren looking though sheep are grazing
Highest point
Elevation792 m (2,598 ft) [1]
Prominence683 m (2,241 ft) [1]
Parent peakGaltymore
ListingCounty top (Waterford), P600, Marilyn, Hewitt
Coordinates52°13′41″N 7°54′57″W / 52.22806°N 7.91583°W / 52.22806; -7.91583Coordinates: 52°13′41″N 7°54′57″W / 52.22806°N 7.91583°W / 52.22806; -7.91583
English translationhill of Maoldomhnach[1]
Language of nameIrish
Knockmealdown is located in Ireland
LocationWaterford, Republic of Ireland
Parent rangeKnockmealdown Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridS058084
Topo mapOSi Discovery 74
Mountain typeMedium grained pink-purple sandstone bedrock[1]
Easiest routehiking


The peak itself is located in County Waterford and is the highest point in that county. However, since the county border generally follows the summit line the main peaks are actually in both county Tipperary and in County Waterford (OSI Discovery Map 75).


Knockmealdown is the Anglicised form of an older Irish name. The original Irish name is widely believed to be Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh, meaning "Muldowneys' hill".[2] It has also been suggested that it is derived from Cnoc Maol Donn, meaning "bald brown hill".[3] In 1654 the name was recorded as Knockmealdowny, indicating there was an extra syllable at the end.[2][3]

Hill walkingEdit

The peak is easily accessed from the west, via the layby overlooking Bay Lough on the Vee Gap. This involves first climbing Sugarloaf Hill. It may also be climbed by following the Glannandaree stream from the carpark at the point where the R668 and R669 roads meet.

Summit of Knockmealdown

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Knockmealdown". MountainViews. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ a b "Knockmealdown Mountains". MountainViews. Retrieved 24 February 2009.