Roscommon's holiest mountain      



A unique landscape and how to protect it
Rare wildlife and ecology
Sliabh Bán's history, ancient and modern
Walking, recreation and the Holy Cross

Contact the Sliabh Ban Community Group on 089 434 5731


˄ Croagh Patrick on the Mayo coast, just visible from Reagh, half way up Sliabh Bán

  Sliabh Bán facts:
Height: 262 metres
Grid Ref: M95476 74313
Prominence: 207m Isolation: 25.3km
It is located 6km NW of Lanesborough. The name has nothing to do with bán, 'white'. Bána is the modern form of Badbgna, name of a Fir Bolg chieftain of this area. From it in clear conditions you can see Croagh Patrick on the west coast of Co. Mayo, and the Oldcastle Hills in Co. Meath to the east, and in between a fine view of the many islands on Lough Ree.
Slieve Bawn is the highest point in south County Roscommon, and the second highest point in the county as a whole.
Nationally it is the 997th highest summit, but in geograpic, historic and social significance it is the 6th most important in Ireland.
It is the second most southerly summit in the North Midlands area.

˄ Annual gathering at the Cross

Slieve Bawn is a small but highly significant mountain set among the lakes and flatlands of eastern Co. Roscommon overlooking Aughamuck, Strokestown and Ballyleague. It is part of the historic landscape of the Táin Bó Cúailnge, and was said by the historian John O'Donovan to be the last haunt of the Fir Bolg in the county.
It has a central place - not just geographically, but also historically, mythically, ecologically and culturally - in the annals of Ireland.
Help us keep the mountain as a place of natural sanctity; a place of peace, quiet and long views; a haven for wildlife; a place for recreation, walking, riding, cycling in safety; a refuge from the stresses of modern life; an educational link with the history of Roscommon; an inspirational link with the ancient history and literature of Ireland.

      Sliabh Bán is one of the outstanding landmarks of Ireland. But it is under threat. Coillte proposes to make money by installing on it twenty wind turbines of which at least half will be 131 metres - half the total height of the mountain and ten metres taller than the Dublin Spire.

Sliabh Bán is possibly the least suitable location for a windfarm in the whole of Ireland because -

There are no other mountains in the area - it is the most prominent feature in the midlands plain
Despite being only 262 metres it is the tallest peak in south Co. Roscommon 
From its top are clearly visible the Loughcrew Hills in Co. Meath to the east, and to the west the peak of Croagh Patrick on the Co. Mayo coast. This gives a view of approx 250kms - almost coast-to-coast - one of the widest in Ireland
Its wide views mean that the mountain can itself be seen over a vast area – and therefore the towering proposed wind turbines on its summit would dominate the skyline over an even greater distance
It is the county's principal tourist attractions, a noted hillwalking centre as well as offering visitors excellent riding facilities and cycling routes
It overlooks, and is an intrinsic part of, Cruachan Aí - one of the most important and best preserved Celtic Royal Sites in Europe. Modern scientific archaeology is continuously shedding new light on the significance of this ancient, complex and mysterious landscape

The proposed turbines will dwarf the beautiful mountain and its surrounding landscape, and their construction and maintenance will turn Roscommon's most venerated mountain into an industrial site.
There is a place for wind farms - but that place is offshore, or on Bord na Mona cutaway bog - already a wasteland. It is not in the heart of rural communities and their valuable landscapes.
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For more info phone the Sliabh Ban Community Group on 0894345731