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Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta
Sliabh Coimeálta
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Viewed from the west
Highest point
Elevation 694 m (2,277 ft)
Prominence 627 m (2,057 ft)
Listing P600, Marilyn, Hewitt
Geography
Location County Tipperary, Ireland
Parent range Silvermine Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid R823667
Topo map OSi Discovery 59
Climbing
Easiest route Way marked from Doonane carpark through Ballyhourigan woods

Keeper Hill or Slievekimalta (from Irish: Sliabh Coimeálta, meaning "mountain of guarding") is a mountain with a height of 694 metres (2,277 ft) in the Silvermine Mountains of County Tipperary, Ireland. Traditionally, it was deemed to be part of the Slieve Felim Mountains.

Name

Keeper Hill, also known as Slievekimalta, gets its name from a little-known tale about Sadb, daughter of Conn of the Hundred Battles, raising her children Eogan and Indderb on this mountain after they had been rejected by their father Ailill Aulom, king of Munster.

Geography

The mountain is about 15 km east of Limerick City. Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Silvermines (and the wider Shannon area) and the 117th highest in Ireland. There is a stone circle in Bauraglanna townland on the northeastern slopes, known as Firbrega ('false men').

Access to the summit

There is a looped walk around the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, to which the ‘hardy’ walker can add the ‘trek’ to the summit. This loop walk is part of the National Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple National Looped Walk directional arrows.

Historically, a Lughnasadh gathering was held on the summit each August.

Conservation

On the slopes of Keeper Hill is a woodland of 3,300 hectares, mostly of non-native conifers. The 300 hectare summit is blanket bog and Nardus grassland, considered of ecological importance. Keeper Hill is designated a Special Area of Conservation.

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