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Trailtrekker
2015-02-01 23:20:51
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The Hugely Historic Hill of Faughart
Context of comment:As the last fires die out on St Brigids day, I will again raise the question. Why is this hill not included as a cultural hill? If Vinegar Hill in Wexford is worthy of inclusion, then Faughart surely has to be included, as it is far more significant hill in the history of our country. It was on this hill that Brigid, one of Ireland's three patron saints, is said to have made her first cross from the rushes. The recent RTE docudrama "After Braveheart" naturally features the hill, as it was here that the last high king of Ireland died. Check it out for yourself on the attached link to the player (45 minutes in)
http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10367514/
Message:Here is a simple list of the reasons why this small hill is worthy of inclusion:
- Getting it's name as gaeilge "Focherd", meaning the good cast, from a feat that Cuchulainn performed during the Tain, where the legendary hero slew a number of his foes with one throw of his spear.
- It is also the birthplace of one of Ireland's three patron saints, Brigid. A well carrying her name is in the graveyard on the summit, as well as a medieval church (12th century), St Brigid's Pillar and St Brigid's Bed.
- The final resting place of Ireland's Last High King, Edward the Bruce (or most of him anyway). He had passed over the hill for the first time on the 29th June 1315 on his way to sacking Dundalk. He was killed here in battle on the 13th October 1318, he was beheaded on the stone of decapitation and his head sent back to the King of England.
- Standing at the southern end of the Gap of the North/Moyry Pass one of the five ancient roads to Tara runs past here and Faughart held huge strategic importance for many centuries and was the scene of much bloodshed in many battles.
- 8th century King Aedh Roin was beheaded here on the stone of decapitation
- In 1593 Hugh O Neill & Hugh O Donnell (the two most powerful men in Ireland at the time) meet with Earl of Ormond at the hill. This meeting leads to the start of the nine years war, which in turn ultimately leads to the flight of the Earls and the plantation of Ulster! Lord Mountjoy taking control of this pass in 1600 greatly affected O'Neill during the war.
- King Billy passed over the hill on the 27th June 1690 on his way to the Boyne
- The first body of one of the disappeared was returned at this hill, that of Eamonn Molloy on 25th May 1999
- The summit of the hill is the top of a large Norman Motte and Bailey, which was built over a much earlier earthworks at approximately J 057 126, in the County of Louth and a height of 113 Metres.
Enough said!
Additional points:I have already previously submitted the information needed to include this hill on the database.
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