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Tara Renewed

Having difficulty trying to locate sites on the World Wide Web on the seat of the High Kings that was Tara, County Meath, I decided to combine links and information as appropriate to tell something of Tara and its surrounds. England's great hero, Wellington was born in County Meath and the Battle of the Boyne was fought in this region of Eire.

The Region

Tara {tar'-uh}
The hill of Tara, traditionally considered to have been the seat of
the high kings of ancient Ireland, is located 32 km (20 mi) northwest
of Dublin. Documentary sources, notably the Dindseanches (c.1000),
catalogue the individual sites on the hill together with their 
legendary associations.
Among the surviving earthworks on the site, the so-called Banqueting
Hall is most reminiscent of other elongated cult-enclosures built by
Celtic peoples. The Rath of the Synods, where Saint Patrick reputedly
held assembly, has yielded burials and evidence of occupation in the
early centuries of the Christian era. The Rath of the Kings, which like
other Irish royal sites is enclosed by an external bank with an internal
ditch, itself encloses the Mound of the Hostages, shown by excavation
to cover a Neolithic passage-grave, and the conjoined earthworks known
as the House of Cormac and the House of the Kings. The site apparently
was abandoned during the 6th century.
D. W. Harding
Carrowmore, Sligo
Irish Times - a 1997 Saint Patrick's Day article
With an interpretive centre now located in the Protestant church
on the Hill Tara, it is definitely worth the pilgrimage. Maybe
never more so than on St Patrick's Day with its crowd-free, wide
windy spaces. As others   drink green beer
 and don plastic hats why not comingle with the spirit of the man
himself on Tara?

Information on Tara's Surrounds

Drogheda, County Louth the site where Cromwell unleashed his anger with a fury that makes the Irish uneasy talking about it and about other sites on his extermination sweep through Ireland. He is regarded fondly as England's most notable Protector. The "To Hell or to Connaught" chap.
Drogheda, Ireland, seaport on Boyne River, 27 mi (43 km) n. of Dublin; 
Poynings' Law, or Statute of Drogheda, which placed Irish legislature
completely under England's control, was passed here in 1494; captured
by Cromwell 1649; taken by William III 1690 after battle of the Boyne;
pop. 17,908 

Hatred .... Cistercians

Boyne, Battle of the

A Battle whose outcome did little to turn minds of the native Irish to Protestantism. They are still largely Roman Catholic in spite of the annual celebrations of thriumphalism demonstrated to great effect on the Twalft o' July.
On July 11, 1690, on the banks of the River Boyne near Drogheda, in
Ireland, the deposed English Roman Catholic king, James II, was
defeated by the army of his brother-in-law, Protestant successor, 
William III.
Republicanism ... Republican Army ... Disloyalists

The annual (continual) celebrations of thriumphalism that features the Lambeg drumming and marching of Protestants in the northeast corner of Ireland is to honor a victory over Catholics, whom they hate. In the minds of many peoples across the world there is a sense that their victory was within the six county statelet that was carved out of Ireland for them.

Intolerance .. Man's In... .. Modest Proposal
Paddy - a bad boy!

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