The annual pilgrimage to Tory Hill was held on Sunday afternoon. With weather conditions being very good overhead many people from all the locality made their way to the summit for Fraughan Sunday. People have been celebrating the event for thousands of years. and come here without fail on the second Sunday in July
Each year there are always new people to join in the time honoured tradition who have never been up Tory Hill before and this year was no different.
With many recalling their most recent visit, or indeed their childhood memories of climbing the hill, which is just some small few feet short of mountain status they recall being there with their families as young people, and now with families of their own and this is testament to the appeal of Tory Hill.
Families and generations of families and individuals arrived to walk the path to the summit this year, as in other years. In recent years a roadway was put in place to facilitate forestry works and for vehicular use, however many walk the spiral roadway that goes around Tory Hill, having the chat and enjoying other peoples’ company along the way. With fantastic of views, obvious landmarks stand out like the new motorway, the Suir bridge (Cat Flap), the Metal Man and the church spire in ramore, Loftus Hall, the Saltee Islands off Kilmore Quay, the church in Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford, Mount Leinster, Slieve Coillte and of course there’s always the giant’s chair to sit in, which never ceases to amaze the young and the not so young.
Located on a very severe rock face, it is not for the faint hearted with no footing to offer below its location, however its appeal abides. There is also the myth, or legend that survives, that a neigbouring piece of ground once belonged to Tory Hill which was ripped off the hill and cast aside. While they may be myths or legend, their mystique holds peoples’ attention over the years. While last Sunday is in itself a special day, there is nothing stopping you, your family or group of friends from walking up Tory Hill. From the base it takes approximately 45 minutes and you can approach it from the Farnogue road or via the Ballinakill road from Mullinavat.
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