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Hillwalkers' Register 4

The Two Thousand Foot Mountains of Ireland

The Irish 2000ft hills represent a quite major challenge.  Modern lists show about 225 of them, perhaps 150 mountains and 75 subsidiary tops.  Some are distant from any road.  Although none requires specific climbing skills, some involve steep (and often loose) slopes and/or excellent navigational ability.

Listings of Irish hills understandably came later than those for Great Britain, because the quality of the maps, at least for this specific purpose, lagged behind.  (The first edition 6-inch maps of Ireland in the 1830s were way ahead of what was then available in Britain, and among the most beautiful maps I have ever seen, but they were not designed for hillwalkers, or even list compilers!)  So far as I can tell, the first list of Irish 2000ft hills was compiled by C R P Vandeleur and Joss Lynam in 1952.  Very few, if any copies still exist - I have never seen one.  Next was probably "Mountaineering in Ireland" by C W Wall in 1976. I do have a copy of this, but I believe that it is now quite rare.  Then we have "The 2000ft list" by Joss Lynam, and published in parts in the early 1990s;  again, not readily available.

Walkers are recommended to use one of the on-line sources mentioned below, but there are two current printed sources (also listed) which are both available and accepted.  Some early completers used Vandeleur & Lynam, Wall, or Lynam, but as these are almost unobtainable they are not included in the current list of accepted references.  If you have used a source other than one of the four listed below, I suggest that you email with the details before submitting your Claim Form.

For a copy of the Claim Form, click here.

At the end of 2017, 19 walkers had reported completion of this register.



VANDELEUR & LYNAM: C.R.P. Vandeleur & J. Lynam (1950s). No further details available.
WALL: A list of the 2000 ft mountains of Ireland was published in Mountaineering in Ireland by C.W. Wall (Claude Wall). The book was published in 1976 by FMCI (Federation of Mountaineering Clubs of Ireland).
DILLON: The Mountains of Ireland by Paddy Dillon (1992) Cicerone Press.  Abbreviated "Dillon (I)".
LYNAM: "2000 ft List" by Joss Lynam published in "Irish Mountain Log" in the early 1990s. The whole list was not published on one occasion, but in a series of parts in the magazine, over a period of time. It is an updated version of Vandeleur & Lynam (see above), making use of the far more accurate maps available in the 1990s.
CLEMENTS: The Hewitts and Marilyns of Ireland by E.D. "Clem" Clements TACit Press. (1997). Irish County Tops are included.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS: A Hillwalking Resource for Ireland. Includes a list of the 600m hills of Ireland,
most of which are above 2000ft. The best up-to-date list.


The Two Thousand Foot Mountains of Ireland

No. Nameclick to sort Sex List(s) Last Summit Rnds First Finishclick to sort
1 Stephen Murphy M Private List 1 1978
2 Paddy Dillon M Dillon (I) 1 13 Sep 1991
3 Denis Cullen M Dillon (I), Lynam Shanlieve 1 23 Oct 1993
4 Uinseann Maceoin M Private List 1 1995
5 Iain Thow M Dillon (I), Lynam, Private List Slievenamon 1 30 Jun 1999
6 Dave Watson M Dillon (I), Wall Masatiompan 1 18 Aug 1999
7 Jason Falconer M Clem, Dillon (I) Slievekimalta 1 10 Sep 1999
8 Bob Garrett M Clem, Dillon (I) Letterbreckaun 1 16 Apr 2004
9 David Richard Beresford M Dillon (I) Slieve Donard 1 10 Jul 2004
10 Rob Woodall M Clem, Dillon (I) Eagle Mountain 1 8 May 2005
11 George Edward Ross M Lynam Baurtregaum 1 24 May 2005
12 Adrian A Hendroff M Dillon (I) Croaghgorm 1 26 Nov 2006
13 Ken Whyte M Clem Knockowen 1 14 May 2008
14 Francis Shaw M Dillon (I) Masatiompan 1 20 Aug 2009
15 Kevin Dockery M Dillon (I) Carrauntoohil 1 19 Sep 2009
16 Bernard P Mahon M Dillon (I) The Paps (East Top) 1 22 May 2010
17 Michael Earnshaw M Clem, Dillon (I) Hungry Hill 1 16 Sep 2012
18 Tim Barnes M Dillon (I) Conavalla 1 5 Apr 2013
19 Alan Castle M Dillon (I) Seefin 1 24 Jun 2014
20 James Forrest M Lynam Knocknadobar 1 3 Oct 2018
21 Christine Gordon F Dillon (I) Slieve Snaght, Derryveagh 1 20 May 2019



Dillon (I): Mountains of Ireland (Cicerone 1992)
Clements: TACit Press (1997)
Wall: FMCI (1976)
Lynam: Joss Lynam Internet list

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