Knockmealdown Mountains

The Knockmealdown Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh) is a mountain range located on the border of counties Tipperary and Waterford in Ireland, running east and west between the two counties. The highest peak of the range is Knockmealdown, in County Waterford. On the western side of the summit, the range is crossed by a high pass through which runs the old mail coach road from Lismore to Clogheen.[1]

Knockmealdown Mountains
Sléibhte Chnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh
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The Knockmealdowns from the M8
Highest point
Elevation794 m (2,605 ft)
Coordinates52°14′N 7°55′W / 52.233°N 7.917°W / 52.233; -7.917Coordinates: 52°14′N 7°55′W / 52.233°N 7.917°W / 52.233; -7.917
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Provinces of IrelandMunster

The mountains were formerly known as Sliabh gCua,[2] sometimes anglicized 'Slieve Gua' or 'Slieve Goe'.[3]

Mountain peaksEdit

List of peaks in the Knockmealdown Mountains ordered by height:

  • Knockmealdown, Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh (794 m)
  • Knockmoylan, Cnoc Maoláin (768 m)
  • Knocknafallia, Cnoc na Faille (668 m)
  • Sugarloaf Hill, Cnoc na gCloch (663 m)
  • Knocknagnauv, Cnoc na gCnámh (655 m)
  • Knockshanahullion, Cnoc Seanchuillinn (652 m)
  • Knocknalougha, Cnoc na Loiche (630 m)
  • Knockmeal, An Cnoc Maol (560 m)
  • Crohan West, An Cruachán (521 m)
  • Farbreaga, An Fear Bréige (518 m)


This mountain range is an important breeding ground for two endangered species, the red grouse and the hen harrier; cuckoo, nightjar, crossbill, buzzard and grasshopper warbler can also be seen.


  1. ^ "Description of County Waterford from Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)". Library Ireland. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Knockmealdown Mountains". MountainViews. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  3. ^ Tempan, Paul. "Sliabh in Irish Place-Names". Queen's University Belfast. p.29

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