I know Meath is well known for its sacred sites, but what exactly is the Hill of Tara?

I know Meath is well known for its sacred sites, but what exactly is...

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On a clear day, it is said that you can see up to a quarter of the country from the top from the Hill of Tara. Maybe that’s why the Celtic kings of Ireland ruled from here, so they could see their kingdom in all its glory.

Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, you may have heard of the Hill of Tara as historically significant. That’s because the Hill of Tara (or Teamhair Na Rí, which translates to “Sanctuary of the kings”) was used by 142 ancient Celtic kings for their official inauguration to reign over their kingdom.

But why was this place so special to them? According to legend, the “Stone of Destiny”, or Lia Fail, would roar when touched by the rightful king of Ireland. Go see for yourself, you never know, it might howl when you visit!

Also part of the Hill of Tara’s history is our beloved patron saint, St Patrick. It is said that in his mission to bring Christianity to Ireland, he defied the High King and lit the first paschal fire in sight of the Hill of Tara to celebrate Easter. Our beloved patron saint was quite the rebel!

Of course, County Meath and is blanketed by myth and legend, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, check out Newgrange, or the Hill of Slane – the site where St Patrick lit his legendary fire to irk the High King.

The Hill of Tara is the start of your adventures in Meath – can our community members recommend more places to explore?



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