Tara Hill, County Wexford
Tara Hill, from the northwest
|Elevation||253 m (830 ft)|
|Location||County Wexford, Ireland|
|Topo map||OSi Discovery 62|
Tara Hill (Torrchoill in Irish) is an isolated hill near the Irish Sea coast in north County Wexford, Ireland. Though only 253 metres high (833 feet), it dominates the landscape of northeast Wexford. Due to its height relative to the surrounding landscape this hill qualifies as a Marilyn.
Saint Caemhan or Kevin or Cavan, as the name is variously spelt is the Patron Saint of Tara Hill and the site of the old church founded by him is situated at Kilcavan at the north side of the hill under a cliff by the road.
Tara Hill is over 400 million years old and was formed from molten rock. During the Ice Age the hill was buried under a huge sheet of ice which gave it its rounded appearance. The soil on the upper parts is shallow and acidic but allows for growth of heather and furze and more recently the higher parts of the hill have been planted with conifers.
The summit is marked by a cairn from where one can see nearby Gorey, Courtown and other villages and town-lands and views of the North Wexford coast.
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