Tara Hill, County Wexford

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Tara Hill
Torrchoill
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Tara Hill, from the northwest
Highest point
Elevation253 m (830 ft) [1]
Prominence198 m (650 ft) [1]
ListingMarilyn Village
Coordinates52°41′56″N 6°13′04″W / 52.699°N 6.2177°W / 52.699; -6.2177Coordinates: 52°41′56″N 6°13′04″W / 52.699°N 6.2177°W / 52.699; -6.2177
Geography
Tara Hill is located in island of Ireland
Tara Hill
Tara Hill
Location in Ireland
LocationCounty Wexford, Ireland
OSI/OSNI gridT205623
Topo mapOSi Discovery 62

Tara Hill (Torrchoill in Irish) is an isolated hill and associated village near the Irish Sea coast in north County Wexford, Ireland. Though only 253 metres (830 feet) high, it dominates the landscape of northeast Wexford. It provides extensive views of the Wexford coast line, from Courtown harbour to Castletown.

Location[edit]

Tara Hill is situated at a particularly high point along the south east coast of Ireland and is surrounded by flat residential and agricultural land. There is a small village located at the heart of the hill. Tara Hill is located approximately 7.1km from Gorey Town Centre and 107.5km from Dublin.

Contemporary Village[edit]

Tara Hill has many facilities including a church, a primary school (St Kevins), the local shop selling general groceries shut her doors in 2018 and a drumming school is using the building now. Businesses in the area include Sound Out Rhythm Music School, Tara Hill Honey and Ballinglen Stud.

The closest villages to Tara Hill are Castletown, Ballymoney and Courtown. Nearby Gorey serves as a market town for the area, with a range of grocery stores, fashion boutiques, and restaurants including, Katie Daly's,[2]The Kitchen,[3] and The Duck Restaurant at nearby Marlfield House.[4]

Tara Hill has two main walking trails around the Marilyn starting close to the village centre [see Tourism].

The village is closely linked to Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route, and the national rail network from gorey connects it to Rosslare Europort.

Geography[edit]

Due to its height relative to the surrounding landscape this hill qualifies as a Marilyn. It should not be confused with the much better known but much less prominent Royal Hill of Tara in County Meath, which is only 159m high.

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.

Though only 253 metres high, it dominates the landscape of northeast Wexford and can be seen from Gorey Town Centre.

History[edit]

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.[5]

The community in Tara Hill and Ballymoney announced in 2009 that they were making efforts to preserve the past, with plans to produce a new book on the social history of the area. A 'Minding Memories' night was held in Tara Hill to offer locals a chance to record their memories of the area back as far as the war years, and even earlier. It is said that several locals recalled Spencer's Hall on the bank of the North Beach, where dances were held in the 1940s and 1950s. Its foundations can still be seen. Others recalled Clince's Hall at the bottom of the Sea Road, where there was also a guest house. The hall is now a private dwelling. It too was used for dances and also for a table tennis club. Other people recalled the farming enterprises which were used to make money but also provided for the families themselves. Accounts have been given how Tara Hill Church also doubled as a school until the 'new school' was built in 1939. Other people recalled going to Gorey for the cattle fair day on a Friday, and how there were four different grocery stores in the town, each one patronised by people from different villages. The people of Tara Hill used to shop in Dwyers close to where the Loch Garman Arms is now.[6]

Tourism[edit]

B&B's in the area include Tara Hill Lodge, Hillside House Bed & Breakfast, Daru House B&B, and Tara Haven. Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort in nearby Ballymoney, serves as a hotel for tourists staying in the local area. The area also has a number of beaches, including Clone Strand and nearby Ballymoney Beach. Walkers can enjoy two trails on Tara Hill, starting from two different trailheads (Crab Tree – Blue and Cemetery – Red) give you different flavours of Tara Hill and its surroundings. The Red Slí an tSuaimhnais trail begins from Tara Hill cemetery just beyond the village itself and there is ample car-parking space. This trail brings you along atmospheric laneways which now and again open out to reveal the wonderful views of the coast. The more demanding Blue Slí na n-Óg trail, beginning from the Ballinacarrig parking place (known locally as the Crab Tree) brings you on a walk which encompasses not just the higher slopes of Tara Hill itself, but its fascinating historical past.[7]

Schools[edit]

St. Kevin's National School is located in Tara Hill Village. The school caters for junior infants to 6th class pupils. The school regularly organises outings to nearby Tara Hill and Glendalough, and has a vegetable garden on its premises.

Sports[edit]

The local GAA club (Castletown Liam Mellows) is located just meters down the road on the Castletown, Tara Hill border.

Religion[edit]

St. Kevins Catholic church is located at Kilcavan Lower in Tara Hill.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "North Wexford Area - Tara Hill". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Katie Dalys - Gorey". Katiedalys.ie. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Kitchen - Gorey". thekitchengorey.ie. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Marlfield House - Gorey". marlfieldhouse.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-12-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ https://www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/localnotes/book-being-compiled-on-social-history-of-tara-hill-27323188.html
  7. ^ "Walking Routes - Tara Hill". walking routes.ie. Retrieved 27 May 2018.