Croghan Mountain Walking Trail
Croghan Mountain, County Wexford, Ireland
Raheenleagh (the small grey rath or fort), at Croghan Mountain, has hosted many visitors over the years. In prehistoric times it was a burial site. In 1795, miners panned for gold, and in 1798, the United Irish men, returning from the battle of Vinegar Hill, camped beside the trail entrance.
The Forde family were the last residents of Raheenleagh hill. Their hard-won mountain farmland provided shelter for their home, their livelihood and also the route for the eight-mile walk to the Saturday night dance at Ballycoog. The hard winters of the early 1940s forced the Fordes off the Mountain to lower ground. Since that time, Coillte has harvested forestry at Raheenleagh. Now Coillte, in partnership with the Electricity Supply Board, is also harvesting the power of the wind at Raheenleagh to drive eleven electricity-generating turbines.
Become the most recent Raheenleagh visitor, walk alongside the turbines, see the magnificent sea and land views from the viewing points, sit and rest under a turbine blade and listen. You will hear the swish of the wind past the turbine blade and just maybe the faint echo of a happy miner or the footstep and stories of the Fordes, heading home from the dance.
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More information about the Croghan Mountain Walking Trail, here