History of Tara Hill in facts:
- The Hill of Tara was the seat of the High King at least from the Iron Age through to the Norman Invasion (1st through 12th centuries)
- There are almost 30 man-made monuments around The Hill
- Between the walls of the modern churchyard and the mound of the hostages there lies a seemingly chaotic series of mounds and ditches, known as the Rath of the Synods. These are the remains of another mound within a circular Rath, which was crudely excavated by British Israelites at the turn of the last century hunting for the Ark of the Covenant.
- Tara is the site where St. Patrick is said to have converted the High King Laoire, paving the way for the conversion of the country.
- Sitting on top of the King’s Seat (Forradh) of Temair is the most famous of Tara’s monuments – Ireland’s ancient coronation stone – the Lia Fail or “Stone of Destiny”, which was brought here according to mythology by the godlike people, the Tuatha Dé Danann, as one of their sacred objects. It was said to roar when touched by the rightful king of Tara.
- In prehistory and historic times 142 Kings are said to have reigned in the name of Tara.
- All over the world nowadays many people get more and more interested in Celtic History as well as Ancient Celtic Jewellery, which dates back to between 2000 BC to around 550 AD when silver and gold was used by Celtic craftsmen to create jewellery adorned with Celtic symbols.
You can read more about the Hill of Tara history here!
Experience you will never forget
Early in the morning or late in the evening… Whatever suits you best. A little walk on The Hill of Tara will switch on all your senses, wake your imagination up, as here you are, standing right where the History was being created.
They say its a magical place. It’s like a magnet – you don’t want to leave, and when you do leave, you want to come back straight away. These amazing fields covered with mist will sit tight in your memory for a long long time.
It is even better in the early days of fall (like now), when sunsets are bright and memorable and it’s getting a bit colder, you have a nice knitted sweater on, standing on The Hill and feel mystery in the air. It is all around you, if you look up to the skies or ahead at the hills, you will feel the Power of Tara.
Before going up the hill though you need a little preparation :), pop in to Maguires cafe for a warming cup of coffee or a bowl of gorgeous seafood chowder. Ask the staff about myths and legends built around the Tara Hill and off you go! Through the gates, up to the church and through the graveyard. Every step you make there will be memorable. Close your eyes as you stop at the Hill and imagine, how thousands of years ago, candidates for High Kingship came here to drive their chariots towards two sacred stones standing closely together, which opened a path only for the rightful King. It is so addictive to be there, because you start understanding that you are a part of that Great History, a very important part, that your ancestors have probably been there, and, maybe even tried their fate…
It’s amazing how this special place is treated nowadays, more so, we are happy to see so many young people from Ireland and all over the world coming down to visit the Hill of Heroes. It means a lot to us that the place where we were born is appreciated worldwide. Here you can literally touch the history and that is definitely worth your time to come and enjoy the greatness of The Tara Hill.
Proud Maguires Cafe Staff