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.
As they stood here above Magheraroarty, they discussed who would have the task of converting the Tory islanders to Christianity.
They decided to answer the question by throwing their croziers. Whoever threw his crozier as far as the island would carry out the conversion.
Two landed near Falcarragh, another on Inis Dubthaigh (Inishdooey Island) and Colmcille’s crozier landed on Tory, winning him the reward of converting the islanders. His crozier is said to have formed a crater on Tory’s northeast cliffs.
Cnoc na Naomh translates as hill of the saints.
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