2.8 Cnoc Na Naomh

A rèir beul-aithris sheas Calum Cille air a’ chnoc seo - Cnoc na Naomh – còmhla ri chompanaich, na naoimh Fionán, Dubthach agus Beaglaoch.

Fhad ’s a bha iad nan seasamh ann an seo os cionn Machaire Rabhartaigh bha iad a’ bruidhinn mu cò aca aig am biodh e mar dhleastanas muinntir Thoraigh iompachadh chun chreideimh Chrìosdail.

Thàinig iad chun cho-dhunadh gun dèanadh iad deuchainn dhaibh pèin le bhith a’ tilgeil am bachaill. Ge bith cò aca a thilgeadh a bhachall cho fada ris an eilean is e sin am fear aig am biodh e mar dhleastanas muinntir an eilein iompachadh.

Thuit dhà dhiubh faisg air An Fál Carrach/Falcarragh, agus fear eile air air Innis Dubhthaigh/Inis Dubthaigh (Inishdooey Island) ach thuit bachall Chaluim Chille air eilean Thoraigh agus b’ e esan a fhuair an urram a bhith an sàs ann an iompachadh muinntir an eilein. Thathar ag ràdh gun do rinn a bhachall toll mòr anns na creagan air taobh iarthuath an eilein.

Magheraroarty Nicky McBride
 
 
   
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    2.1 An Chros Tau

    As you arrive in Tory the first site to greet you is the Tau Cross. Sitting high on a plinth, the T-shaped stone cross is a symbol of the island’s Christian heritage.

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    2.2 The Old Graveyard

    The graveyard is believed to be on the site of an Teampull Buí - the main church of a monastic settlement on Tory.

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    2.3 The Bell Tower

    The Bell Tower is the only surviving round tower in Donegal. Although nearly 13 metres tall it is among the smallest of such structures in Ireland. Its date is not known but could be as late as the 12th century.

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    2.4 St John's Altar

    This altar dedicated to St John the Baptist is just beside the Bell Tower. There are a number of stones here - including a stone trough, decorated stones and slabs, a quern (millstone) and the remains of the base of a cross.

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    2.5 St Brigid's Oratory

    The stone altar of St Brigid lies between the islanders’ houses. On top of the altar are three quern stones (used for grinding corn) and two granite slabs.

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    2.6 Church of the Seven

    These are the only chapel remains on Tory Island. Móirsheisear translates as ‘big six’ which is an old Irish word for the number seven.

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    2.7 Rock of the Hound

    Local tradition says that when Colmcille first set foot on Tory, he was met by the local king, Oilill who refused to let him land.

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    2.8 Cnoc na Naomh

    Local legend says that Colmcille stood on this hill - Cnoc na Naomh - with his companions Saints Fionán, Dubthach and Begley.

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    2.9 Ray Church

    This extraordinary 5 1/2 metre high cross stands inside the ruins of Ray Church. It was found broken in the graveyard outside the church, rebuilt and erected inside the church walls for protection.

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    2.10 Tullaghobegley

    The ruins of the late medieval Tullaghobegley Church and its graveyard lie on a small mound just to the south of Falcarragh. This tullach - or ‘low hill’ or ‘mound’ - was probably originally a place used for tribal inauguration ceremonies.