‘Run to the Hill!’: Ballygawley Residents Over The Moon As Local Landmark Gets Recognition.

By Skitter

 

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a hill near the hill

Plans to grant Ballygawley’s famous Hill ‘listed’ status have been unveiled by Mid-Ulster Council. Just like the town’s eponymous roundabout (world famous to generations of Belfast ones evacuating on The Twelfth) Ballygawley Hill is synonymous with local memories and folklore.

 

According to respected local hill-watcher Dennis Dunlop,

“The Hill was formed in 400 AD when The Romans were building a slide, but they stopped to take pints so it never got finished.”

When strange and unknown people come to town, the Hill immediately becomes pivotal to their experience. Without even asking for directions we were warmly told, “The Protestant chapel is up the Hill, turn left and straight on down ‘til you come to it.”

The Hill also forms part of the sexy ‘Swingers Corner’, where plenty a buck drives up to Gormley’s Bar, swings her round and heads straight back down again.

Soapbox racing, diffing and cruising often take place on the road of the Hill itself.  However, the cherished surface can become quite greasy in the rain. This means, like manys a good Ballygawley woman, conditions are always slippery.

It’s perhaps most infamous for the 2006 ‘Battle of Ballygawley’, when a load of Galbally lads fell out of a bus, rolled down the Hill and bate into Centra. Ejected from the school formal, all they wanted was crisps, toilet roll and “a feckin after-party”.

Despite being full of old people, no one in Ballygawley can ever claim to be over the hill –  with many local people admitting they haven’t actually been beyond the top of it. Rumour has it that it leads to some strange and backward dystopia called Carrickmore, but according to Dennis, “that place sounds pretty shite so no one bothers goin’ ”.

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Posted on March 2, 2018, in Ballygawley, Carrickmore, Galbally and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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