The above book is a collaborative work by the MountainViews.ie Committee and the wider MountainViews.ie hillwalking community, with various contributors supplying the written element, design and layout, photography, and a comprehensively researched and extensive amount of data. Sales of the book go entirely to support the maintenance of MountainViews.ie and the work of the committee, which provides its ten thousand members and the public in general with extensive information on all aspects of exploring Ireland’s wild areas. Among those who contributed were myself, Simon Stewart, Brendan O’Reilly, John Fitzgerald and Mark Brennan and numerous MountainViews.ie members. (Oh by the way, that’s me on the cover!)
In Ireland there are 269 mountain summits with an elevation of 600 metres or higher; these are known as The Vandeleur-Lynams. And there are 404 summits of 500m or higher called The Arderins. The term Vandeleur-Lynam is based on a list originally compiled in the 1950s by Rev CRP Vandeleur and Joss Lynam. The term Arderin borrows the name from a typical 500m+ summit very central to Ireland in the Slieve Blooms, coming from Ard Eireann, ‘the height of Ireland’. For the first time these lists are published, along with lists of Ireland’s 27 County High Points and the island’s Hundred Highest mountains, using updated information compiled by the MountainViews community. Sixty mountain areas are covered and information for the summits in each area includes the mountain name in English, a possible alternative in Irish, classification, height, county of location, OS/OSNI map number, map grid reference, and a height rank. This will be an invaluable resource for peak-baggers, summiteers and hillwalkers alike.