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Churchyard Stones (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Churchyard Stones</b>Posted by Meic<b>Churchyard Stones</b>Posted by Meic Meic Posted by Meic
4th February 2012ce

Grainne's Enclosure (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Grainne's Enclosure</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
1st August 2011ce

The Royal Enclosure (Henge) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
This is a very large henge encircling the top of the hill.
I tried to shelter from the wind which by now was taking my breath away. I watched as the last of the dg walkers gave up and went home, leaving the entire Hill of Tara to me.
Unfortunately in this wind it was impossible to enjoy my isolation. It is not very often that a visit to a site is spoiled by the wind but this was such an occasion.
I headed back to the car for a breather - where Karen and the children were wisely waiting for me. The car was being rocked from side to side.
Karen told me of how she watched a council workman trying to sweep the path clear of dirt, only for it to blow back after every sweep. In the end even he gave up!
I was planning to visit the other sites on Tara (Sloping Trenches, Rath Loegaire etc) but by now I decided enough was enough and time to head back to the hotel.
One thing for sure; today has certainly blown the cobwebs away!!!
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

Cormac's House (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

This is a very strange Hillfort, being so close to the King's Seat.
It's not very big (for a Hillfort) although the banks still stand to an impressive height of 2 metres in places. I would say the interior of the site is about 30 metres across..

As an aside, I picked up a very good guide to the Hill of Tara from the visitor's centre at Newgrange. A small booklet costing only 50 cents. They do similar booklets for Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth although they were sold out of the Dowth ones when I visited.
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

The King's Seat (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
This is a large Barrow with Lia Fail standing stone on its summit.
Lia Fail is set in concrete and is therefore able to happily laugh at the wind.
I'm not; so I couldn't.
I didn't manage to stand on top for long before being blown off.
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

The Banqueting Hall (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
Although this is listed as an 'enclosure' it certainly looks like a cursus.
Walking north from the Mound of the Hostages towards the road, I noticed that there is a ditch on the inside of the bank on the left hand side but not on the right. Whether this is deliberate or that the ditch on the left has silted up I don't know?
The banks are about 1.5 metres high and walking along the enclosure/cursus did give a certain 'feeling' – a bit like when walking the avenue at Avebury.
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

Lia Fail (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
'Blow wind blow'……………….and it certainly did!
The wind by now was near gale force. I could hardly stand up.
In fact it was so windy I had to hang on to Lia Fail to stop myself being blown over!
Around the base of Lia Fail are a set of slate tiles fanning out from the stone.
The stone itself is about 1.5 metres high and fairly slender.
Oddly enough next to the stone is a worn headstone dated 1798 (re-erected 1932). This provided a little welcome shelter out of the wind as I tried to admire the scenery.
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce

Rath of Synods — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
Well, I didn't know what to make of this little lot?
Reminded me of some mini First World War grass covered trenches - All over the place.
Left me totally confused. Worth a look when visiting the Hill of Tara but wouldn't be worth making a special visit for.
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce

The Mound of Hostages (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
After looking at the Churchyard Stones this was my next stop.
I literally staggered to the Passage Grave, battling against the near gale force wind.
The views are tremendous (at least they would be if my eyes weren't watering so much in the wind). You can see for miles and miles in all directions.
I quickly cooped down at the entrance to the grave (shelter!) and let my eyes adjust to the darkness. I was soon able to peer through the locked metal grill and easily spot the decorated stone on the left hand side of the passage.
What a great site!
Pity about the rubbish strewn inside the passage. What is wrong with (some) people?
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce
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