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tara_brooch TARA Brooch

Found on Laytown beach  1850

The Tara Brooch is considered one of the most important extant artifacts of early Christian-era Irish Insular art, and is displayed in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.[1]

Created in about 700 AD, the seven-inch long brooch is composed primarily of silver-gilt and is embellished with intricate abstract decoration (termed “Irish interlace” or Celtic knotwork) both front and back. The beads contain images of over 20 wolves’ heads and dragons’ faces.

Although the brooch is named after the Hill of Tara, seat of the mythological High Kings of Ireland, the Tara Brooch in fact has no known connection to either the Hill of Tara or the High Kings of Ireland. The brooch was found in August 1850 on the beach at Bettystown, near Laytown, County Meath..

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Visit the Francis Ledwidge museum in Slane Co Meath the home of the famous poet that was killed in the First World War.

 The Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, known as the Poet of the Blackbird, who served as a soldier in the British Army fighting in World War 1 and was killed at the third battle of Ypres on the 31 July 1917 just seventeen days before his thirtieth birthday.

The museum gives information on the life of the poet, his birthplace Slane, and the Francis Ledwidge Museum.

His first volume of fifty poems, Songs of the Fields, was published while he was still a serving soldier with the British Army in 1915. Three months after his death in 1917 his second volume of poems appeared, Songs of Peace, and thirty three more poems under the title, Last Songs, came out in 1918.

The Closed Eye  by Francis

I walk the old frequented ways 
That wind around the tangled braes,
I live again the sunny days
Ere I the city knew. 

And scenes of old again are born,
The woodbine lassoing the thorn,
And drooping Ruth-like in the corn
The poppies weep the dew.


 

“Lament for Thomas McDonagh” by Francis

He shall not hear the bittern cry
in the wild sky, where he is lain,
Nor voices of the sweeter birds
Above the wailing of the rain

Nor shall he know when the loud March blows
Thro’ slanting snows her fanfare shrill,
Blowing to flame the golden cup
Of many an upset daffodil.

But when the dark cow leaves the moor
And pastures poor with greedy weeds
Perhaps he’ll hear her low at morn
Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.

 

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Our area is steeped in history and Co Meath is ranked as the Number 1 historic site in all of Ireland.

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Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESC

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Newgrange, as big a mystery as Stonehenge. It originates from about 3,000 BC, so it is about 500 years older than the great pyramids. It’s pretty certain it is a passage tomb. But the passage is only 19 meters long, and the mound itself is about 80 meters in diameter. So what is the purpose of the rest?

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Click link below

http://www.heritageireland.ie/

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History of Hill of Tara

 

The Hill of Tara (IrishCnoc na Teamhrach,[1] Teamhair or Teamhair na Rí), located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Ireland. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland.

The Hill of Tara has been a sacred site since prehistoric times, with the earliest known monument (the Mound of the Hostages) built between 2500 and 2100 BC. After that, the site remained in regular ceremonial use for thousands of years.

In the Iron Age, roughly spanning the 1st through 5th centuries AD, the Hill of Tara was the ceremonial center of the Celtic high kings of Ireland. Roman artifacts dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries have been found on the site and it is said that St. Patrick visited Tara in the 430s AD after lighting his “Paschal fire” on the nearby Hill of Slane. The kings appear to have abandoned the site in the 6th century.

 Click on link below

    http://www.megalithicireland.com/Hill%20of%20Tara.htm

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