Hill of Tara; the sovereignty of Ireland

Hill of Tara; the sovereignty of Ireland

Tara is probably Ireland's most important ancient site. It has been shrouded in myth and legend from the time of Tuatha Dé Danann right up to modern Irish history. The passage grave known as the Mound of Hostages dates back to roughly the same time as Brú na Bóinne. Tara is most synonymous as the residence of the High King of Ireland. The legend of Conn of the Hundred Battles illustrates the importance of Tara and tells us how the Kingship of Ireland was granted by the otherworld.

Conn, his druids and his fili (poet seers), in their efforts to protect Ireland from the people of the otherworld mounted the ramparts at Tara. He stepped on a stone that let out several loud cries. Each cry represented a descendant of Conn's that would be High King. He had stood on the Lia Fáil, the Stone of Destiny, said to cry out when a true King entered Tara. Conn was granted Tara by Lug, the good god. Lug instructed the beautiful goddess Medhbh, whom he proclaimed was “the Sovereignty of Ireland,” to serve Conn a drink of ale from her vat. Lug then instructed her to offer each of Conn's successors a drink from her vat until the Day of Judgement.

The Fairy Tree - Andrew Downie
Mound of Hostages - Cari Ellis
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Hill of Tara; the sovereignty of Ireland
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Tara