Hill of Tara
142 Kings reigned at Tara, Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) coronation
In mythology Tara was the dwelling place of the gods, an entrance
to the Otherworld of eternal joy and plenty where no mortal every grew old.
Medieval scholars matched up the earthworks on Tara with the legends and
mythology, Modern archaeology is proving the medieval names which we still use
today to be inaccurate to say the least.
The Banqueting Hall
It is said to be the great Banqueting Hall mentioned in the legends of the
feasts at Tara, however this is a Ceremonial Entrance.
The Rath of the Synods
Named as the place of the ecclesiastical synods held at Tara, it is a Celtic
period site from about 200BC to 300AD, originally a ceremonial site with wooden
buildings, it was later used as a residence.
The British Israelites damaged the sites between 1899 and 1902 looking for the
Ark of the Covenant.
The Fort of the Kings - Rath na Rí
Build about 2000 years ago it is a Ritual Enclosure with a circumference of 1km.
The Mound of the Hostages
• Megalithic passage tomb 2,500 BC.
• Named after King Niall of the Nine Hostages who kept hostages from subject kings in Ireland and Britain.
• 28 O’Neill kings rules at Tara from 400AD to 1022AD.
The Kings Seat -Forradh
• An uncavated burial mound, build over in the early centuries AD.
• The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) is the inauguration stone of the Kings of Tara. Brought by
the Tuatha Dé Danann (a mythical Irish tribe), it was said to roar when touched
by the rightful king of Tara.
Teach Cormaic (Cormac’s House)
• A 7th to 10th century ring fort.
• Named after the legendary King Cormac Mac Art who reigned from
220AD to 260AD. His reign was the golden age of plenty, he is credited with
composing the ancient Brehan Laws.
• Present Church and churchyard wall build in 1822.
• A small section of masonry lying on its side is all that remains of a 13th Century.
• There are two standing stones in the churchyard, on the taller stone is a sheela-na-gig
or fertility goddess figure carved in relief.