On the Road Again…

Durring our last chat I was telling the tale of our Rockstar tour’s trek across Ireland.  Go west my friend!   Bundoran or Bust!  We stopped at 3 cultural sites along the way, Slane in the Boyne River Valley, Newgrange, and the Hill of Tara.  I have told the tale of the first two, but today we discuss the last.

 

We left new grange in the mid-afternoon to again travel westward towards Bundoran.  We made one final stop along the way at the Hill of Tara.  We reached the Hill of Tara at sunset.  What a spectacular way to visit this important Celtic site.

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The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in Irish, was once considered the ancient seat of power for Celtic kings (AD 0 – 800) .  It is the highest spot in the country where one can see all 4 provinces at once – Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht.

 

142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.

 Jonathan, Cyndi, Betty at Hill of Tara

Sitting on top of the King’s Seat (Forradh) of Temair is the most famous of Tara’s monuments – Ireland’s ancient coronation stone – the Lia Fail or “Stone of Destiny”, which was brought there according to mythology by the godlike people, the Tuatha Dé Danann, as one of their sacred objects. It was said to roar when touched by the rightful king of Tara.

 

At the site you can see outlines of stockades with moats.  There are several 100 bodies located in  mounds in the surrounding area (passage tombs similar to Newgrange).

 

Previous interpretations of the site considered it a long, but current research indicated it was a ceremonial pathway.  The soon to be king would come through pathway to coronation ceremony at the stone.1

 

1http://www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/tara/

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