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This village is located next to Courtown and takes its name from an old church sited near the river. The present Catholic Church, The Star of the Sea, dates from 1880. The village has grown in recent years with a large increase in houses supplying accommodation to tourist and local residents alike. The local national school has doubled in size and is located alone the road through the village.
The main street of the village itself also also found a new lease of life with the increase in population and now there are more retails units with a grocery shop, a hairdressers, a take away etc.
The picturesque village of Oulart is situated approx. 22 km from Gorey town just off the R741 road towards Wexford. On approaching the village, Oulart Hill which is synonymous with the 1798 history in Co. Wexford is well signposted.
Also located on Oulart Hill is Tulach a' tSolais which represents the divide between the old and the new world. Other places of interest in Oulart. The grave of the six Insurgents who were killed on Oulart Hill in the 1798 Rebellion.
Reconstructed 1798 Chapel, St.Patrick's Church, which is early 19th century, 1798 Monument, which was constructed in 1898, reconstructed 1798 house, and the North Cork Lane.
Also located close to Oulart is Meelnagh Cemetery which has some headstones dating back to the early 18th century.
Monamolin is a small rural village located just off the R741, road from Gorey to Wexford. Monamolin (Muire Mholing) when translated means the Scrub of Mholing. Mholing was once Bishop of Ferns and the old catholic church at Monamolin was founded by him. The present church was built in the 19th century.
The church of Ireland was built in 1824. St.John's Primary school was built in 1968. In 1988 a plaque was unveiled in memory of Esmond Kynd from Monamolin who was a promiant figure during the 1798 rising in Wexford. Monamolin is also home to the Buffers Alley Hurling and Camogie Club.
Tara Hill boasts the most fantastic views - the whole coast beyond Courtown can be seen from here. Saint Kevin's is the small and lovely church in the village, popular for weddings as it has a charm all of its own.Tara Hill is a dominant feature of the district.
The views which are obtained on the way to the summit marked by a cairn- is unsurpassed, affording as it does an exquisite panorama of sea and land.
Saint Caemhan or Kevin or Cavan, as the name is variously spelt is the Patron Saint of Tara Hill. His commemoration day is 12th June. The site of the old church which was founded by him may be seen at Kilcavan, beside the Public Road, at the north side of the hill under a cliff.
Tara Hill (833 feet) is over 400 million years old and was formed from molten rock. It is a blue/grey colour and is very hard. During the Ice Age the hill was buried under a huge sheet of ice. This gave it its rounded appearance. The soil on the upper parts is shallow and acidic.
Heather and furze are the natural vegetation. Furze was invaluable to the hill dwellers in times past as they relied on it for fuel. It was also used in small bundles to form a foundation for the thatch. The Irish name for Tara Hill was Torchill. Perhaps wild boars roamed about in oak forests in the distant past.
Today much of the hill is planted with conifers. From the top you can see Gorey and there are excellent views of the coast. There are pleasant walks among the trees and if you are lucky you might see a squirrel or even an owl.
If you enjoy walking, no trip to North Wexford would be complete without a walk on Tara Hill.