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Hill of Faughart Hill Focherd A name in Irish
The Good Cast Louth County, in Local/Historical/Cultural List

Height: 113m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 & 36 Grid Reference: J05753 12652 This summit has been logged as climbed by 12 members. Recently by: thomas_g, Glanman2, wicklore, sandman, IndyMan, Peter Walker, eamonoc, happymourneview, Trailtrekker, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, Ulsterpooka
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Longitude: -6.386066, Latitude: 54.052256 , Easting: 305753, Northing: 312652 Prominence: 23m,   Isolation: 2.7km
ITM: 705678 812660,   GPS IDs, 6 char: HlofFg, 10 char: HlofFghrt


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. At the summit of the hill is the top of a large Norman Motte and Bailey, which was built over a much earlier earthworks   Hill of Faughart is the 1487th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Hill of Faughart in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: The Hill of Faughart from the north-east
 
Step back in time...
Short Summary created by Peter Walker,  28 Feb 2016
The Hill of Faughart is a geographically subdued eminence visible but not conspicuous from the dual carriageway just north of Dundalk, but it is well worth the short diversion on the drive north or south, blessed as it is by excellent views of upland, lowland and sea. Of even greater interest is its part in Irish history throughout the ages, a role excellently recounted in Trailtrekker's outstanding summit comment.

The actual top is the highest point of a Norman motte and bailey just off (and clearly visible from) the road running along the crest of the hill; this is on private land and whilst there is no signage discouraging walkers common sense is advised. To that end, it's best to leave the car in the parking area for the fascinating graveyard to the south-east (059125 A) and then walk up the road to a gate directly below the top; climb over this and then clamber up a short slope of mud and stone to the highest point. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1499/comment/18407/
 
Birthplace of a Patron Saint & Resting Place of a .. by Trailtrekker   (Show all for Hill of Faughart)
 
St Brigid and the Motte .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Hill of Faughart)
 
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