Coordinates: 53°36′01″N 9°38′17″W / 53.600399°N 9.638164°W / 53.600399; -9.638164
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Magairlí an Deamhain/Binn Gharbh[1]
Devilsmother seen from Killary Harbour
Highest point
Elevation645 m (2,116 ft)[2]
Prominence280 m (920 ft)[2]
ListingHewitt, Marilyn
Coordinates53°36′01″N 9°38′17″W / 53.600399°N 9.638164°W / 53.600399; -9.638164
Devilsmother is located in Ireland
LocationBorder of County Galway and Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Parent rangePartry Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridL915624
Topo mapOSi Discovery 37

Devilsmother is a 645-metre-high (2,116 ft) mountain in Connemara, Ireland. Devilsmother is in the Partry Mountains,[2] at the head of Killary Harbour, overlooking the Western Way long-distance path. It sits on the border between County Galway (to the south) and County Mayo (to the north).[2]


The mountain has two Irish language names: Magairlí an Deamhain (meaning "the demon's testicles") and Binn Gharbh (meaning "rough peak").[3] The anglicized spellings Mogarlyandoon and Ben Garrif appear on some historical maps. Originally, it seems that Magairlí an Deamhain was the knobbly end of the mountain's northern ridge, while Binn Gharbh was the mountain as a whole. The English name Devilsmother may be "a euphemistic false translation" or may be based on an alternative name.[3]


  1. ^ "Devilsmother". Placenames Database of Ireland.
  2. ^ a b c d "Devilsmother 645m".
  3. ^ a b Tempan, Paul. "Irish Hill and Mountain Names".