Tara

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin in Co. Meath. It is said that a quarter of the landscape of Ireland can be seen from the hill. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Rí meaning ‘sanctuary of the Kings.' It is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. Although few of its monuments survived the test of time, it is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.

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Hill of Tara

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.

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Hill of Tara; the sovereignty of Ireland
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