Cooley Mountains

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  • Aspects of Co. Louth

The mountains that occupy the Carlingford or Cooley peninsula are often called the Cooley Mountains. They are located in the north of the county. The highest peaks are Carlingford Mountain at 1,935 feet followed by Clermont Carn at 1,674 feet in height.

The Cooley Mountains are a very popular destination for hill walkers. The famous Tain Way, which is a national walking route, covers 40kms of The Cooley Mountains. This includes forest tracks, mountain paths and country roads. It also includes a selection of walks visiting the Windy Gap and Barnavave.

Poc Fada

For the past 12 years, the All-Ireland Poc Fada competition has taken place over the Cooley Mountains. The Poc Fada is a hurling competition where contestants have to hit the sliotar (ball) as far as they possibly can over a particular course.

The course is 5 kilometres in length and the winner is the person to cover the course in the least number of pucks. All-Ireland gold, silver and bronze medals are presented to the winners.

In 2007, Tipperary's goalkeeper Brendan Cummins was the worthy winner of the Corn Cuailnge. He finished in 49 pucks, just one puck behind his own course record. This was his third win in four years. Down's Graham Clarke was 2 pucks back and Shane O'Connor from Offaly came third.