Dún Ard
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°01′00″N 6°37′00″W / 53.016667°N 6.616667°W / 53.016667; -6.616667Coordinates: 53°01′00″N 6°37′00″W / 53.016667°N 6.616667°W / 53.016667; -6.616667
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 180 m (590 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
  Urban 196
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S929977

Donard (historically Dunard, from Irish: Dún Ard, meaning "high fort")[2] is a small village in County Wicklow, Ireland, located at the northern end of the Glen of Imaal, in the western part of the Wicklow Mountains.

Donard takes its name from Dún Ard - High Fort - the ruins of which are still somewhat visible on a rise above the town. The tranquil village is surrounded by Table Mountain (702m), Church Mountain (546m), Lugnaquilla (924m) and Keadeen (655m).

Nearby in Derrynamuck (also known as Dernamuck or Doire na Muc) is a cottage dedicated to the memory of Michael Dwyer, a celebrated 1798 leader. It is well known as Dwyer's Cottage, or the Dwyer-McAllister cottage, for it was here that a group of Irish rebels led by Michael Dwyer were hiding when they were surrounded by British troops. Samuel McAllister died when he drew enemy fire to allow Dwyer to escape, and thereby prevent further bloodshed as the British troops were killing innocent farmers in nearby cottages to reach Dwyer.

The highest mountain in Wicklow and one of the highest mountains in Ireland, second only to Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry is Lugnaquilla, which can be accessed near the village of Donard. This mountain has a height of 925 metres(3,035ft). It is advisable to remember that Lugnaquilla requires some hill-walking experience to climb, and should not be attempted alone, nor when there is a possibility of dense fog. The Wicklow Mountain Rescue team[3] ask that those climbing alone alert the Rescue team as to their estimated time of climbing, to avoid false-emergencies due to delays in return.

Much of the surrounding Glen of Imaal (5,948 acres) has been used as an army artillery range since 1900, and caution is advised when attempting to use areas within the army range. However, notices are regularly posted at key entry points as to when the army are out on manoeuvres.


  1. "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Donard". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  2. Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  3. "Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team". Retrieved 2008-10-31.
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