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County Meath

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Sites/groups in County Meath:

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Arch Hall Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Balgeeth Artificial Mound
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3 sites
Ballinvally Stone Circle
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Ballinvally Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Ballynanoma Artificial Mound
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Balnagon Upper stone pair Standing Stones
5 posts
Bellewstown Artificial Mound
Bey More Artificial Mound
Blundelstown Artificial Mound
7 posts
Bobsville Cup Marked Stone
Boolies Standing Stone / Menhir
Boolies Great Artificial Mound
12 posts
17 sites
Boyne Valley Complex
Brackloney Standing Stone / Menhir
Cabragh Artificial Mound
Carnhill Portal Tomb
Clonardran Artificial Mound
Clonasillagh Cairn(s)
6 posts
Clonasillagh Passage Grave
Collierstown Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
8 posts
Cornaville North Court Tomb
Crossdrum Lower Standing Stone / Menhir
Culmullin Artificial Mound
4 posts
Danestown Ringfort Rath
Davidstown Barrow Round Barrow(s)
Daw Artificial Mound
1 post
Delvin Rath
3 posts
Drumlerry Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
Drumsawry or Summerbank Cairn(s)
3 posts
Drumsawry or Summerbank Rath
4 posts
Eden Bullaun Stone
10 posts
Edengora Wedge Tomb
8 posts
Ervey Portal Tomb
2 posts
Farranagloch Standing Stones
28 posts
1 site
Fourknocks Passage Grave
1 post
Galboystown Rath
Gallows Hill Hillfort
Garlagh Artificial Mound
3 posts
Gaulstown Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Gernonstown Artificial Mound
5 posts
Gernonstown Round Barrow(s)
Gerrardstown Artificial Mound
6 posts
Gormanston Passage Grave
3 posts
Gormanston Beach Passage Grave
3 posts
Greenanstown Standing Stones
3 sites
Heathtown
4 posts
Herbertstown Artificial Mound
Hilltown Little Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
2 sites
Hill Of Slane
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13 sites
Hill of Tara
Hodgetown Artificial Mound
Johnstown Artificial Mound
3 posts
Kilbrew Henge
1 post
Kingstown & Carnuff Great Cairn(s)
6 posts
King's Mountain Standing Stone / Menhir
1 site
Knockbrack Passage Grave
Knockmark Artificial Mound
5 posts
Laytown (An Inse) Artificial Mound
1 post
Lismahon Artificial Mound
8 posts
Lismullin Timber Circle
Longford Artificial Mound
13 posts
34 sites
Loughcrew Complex
2 posts
Micknanstown Henge
2 posts
1 site
Monknewtown Henge
3 posts
Monknewtown II Passage Grave
Moorepark Artificial Mound
Mooretown Artificial Mound
1 post
Moylagh Rath
Mullagh Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Mullagha Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Mullagharoy Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
Mullahteelin Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
1 site
Newcastle Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Nobberbeg Bullaun Stone
7 posts
Oldbridge Standing Stones
Painestown Artificial Mound
Piercetown Artificial Mound
Primatestown Artificial Mound
6 posts
Rathbran More Souterrain
Rathkenny Portal Tomb
Rathmaiden Artificial Mound
4 posts
Rath Lugh Rath
10 posts
Rath Maeve Henge
Realtoge Hillfort
Roadmain Artificial Mound
3 posts
Rossnaree Artificial Mound
5 posts
Slieve Beagh Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
1 post
Staholmog Standing Stones (Destroyed)
Stanley Hill Hillfort
2 posts
Stirrupstown Rath
The Stuck Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Teltown Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Thomastown Rath
8 posts
Thomastown Passage Grave
3 posts
Trevet Artificial Mound
2 posts
Tullaghanoge Rath
Tullog Artificial Mound
7 posts
Wardstown Rath

News

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Bog body found in Co Meath

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1210/1224327682934.html
tjj Posted by tjj
10th December 2012ce
Edited 10th December 2012ce

Rock Art found in Lismullin Souterain


Govt fails to protects our heritage at Tara again

Yet another find over the past few days of Neolitihic underground chambers has been made at Tara and which have been kept from public knowledge by the Government and the road contractors. For more details see the brief report below... continues...
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
4th December 2007ce
Edited 4th December 2007ce

The Irish Giant Man - the Irish Orion


From the Meath Chronicle today:

Two researchers have claimed that a huge, human-like depiction present in the road system straddling Meath and Louth could be the world's largest ground-based representation of the constellation of Orion... continues...
Posted by BrigantesNation
3rd March 2004ce
Edited 4th March 2004ce

Folklore

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Elf Stones:- The following account is given by Michael Fitzsimons, age 75, Doon, Tierworker, Bailieboro.

Elf stones were supposed to fall out of the air with a shower of rain. They are a grayish white colour nearly like a sea-shell. If any of them fell on a cow she would get into a sickness called Paralysis. It was said that people would cure the cow of the sickness if they got nine of these elf-stones in a porringer or any other suitable vessel and go to a stream bordering two counties before the sun rises in the morning and get some of the river water in the vessel along with the elf-stones and bring them home and go round the sick cow three times.
While doing so keep praying some special prayers. Before very long the cow would be better.

A man named Philip Carry, Doon, Tierworker, Bailieboro, Co. Meath had two sets of Elf-stones and all the people round this locality used to go to Philip Carry's for the elf stones when they had cows sick. Elf stones are kept at certain houses yet. The nine stones were in the Prophet Malcolmson's house. Then a man named Andrew Clarke Lisnasanna, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan got them to make the cure and another named Connor Muldoon, Cordoy, Kingscourt got them from Clarke to make the cure and they remain in that house yet.

When they are given away to make the cure the man that gave them away could not take them back to keep, unless to make the cure or they would be no good. They are kept at some houses yet. It was a good cure for paralysis.

When cows were struck with those stones they were said to be "elf shot". The hair would stand on them and they would be unable to move until the cure was made.
From the Schools' Collection of folklore, made in the 1930s, and now being transcribed at Duchas.ie. Elf stones can also be interpreted as Neolithic arrow heads. But you never know.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd June 2018ce

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The High Man - a vast giant in the Irish landscape


A 12-mile high warrior figure in the ancient road system near the famous Brú na Bóinne megalithic sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Could this be a representation of Cúchulainn, the Irish Orion?
Posted by mythicalireland
19th March 2004ce
Edited 29th July 2007ce

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Rath Maeve (Henge) — Fieldnotes

We'd been up at the crowded Hill of Tara sites, open to the public and increasingly popular, and felt the need to escape to somewhere quieter. Rath Maeve (misnamed, like the monuments up at Tara) henge is on private land, usually full of livestock with the banks overgrown and generally as unsatisfying as Tara itself. However, not today. We spent well over an hour here and got quite a sense of the place, but as usual left with as many questions as answers.

It's described as a henge on the SMR and is really rather massive, so you can see why some think it a hillfort. The interior is low dome-shaped and as a result, from ground level, it's hard to see the opposite bank in places. The bank on the northern perimeter is the best preserved and, in mid-March, not too overgrown to appreciate. The southern arc has quite a bit of bank remaining but doesn't rise to the same height as at the north, but, like at the north, falls away to a depth of about 4 metres.

The eastern edge of the bank has been flattened, with the modern road just skirting its edge. A modern field boundary cuts off the western sector from the rest of the monument and that portion was too overgrown to explore.

As mentioned above, the best preserved and most interesting part of the henge is at the north. There's a gap just west of north with a clear view up to the Hill of Tara. The back of the bank here resembles a defensive rampart more than a ceremonial enclosure and the construction is impressive. That said, I still had the sense that this was a place of ceremony.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
25th March 2020ce

Rath Maeve (Henge) — Miscellaneous

From archaeology.ie:

Described by Stout (1991: 257) as:
Rath Maeve is located on an escarpment which occurs on the summit of a ridge 1km south of the Hill of Tara. The soil is a grey-brown podzolic. A bank encloses an oval, dome-shaped interior with an overall diameter of 240m north-south by 275m east-west. It is best preserved in the north and south, where the bank reaches a maximum internal height of 2.5m, with a flattened top, and an accentuated drop to the exterior of 4m. In well-preserved stretches, the bank is 7-10m wide at the base. It reaches a maximum width of 15m in the West. The ground level surrounding the enclosure to the west is much lower than the level of the interior owing to its location on the escarpment. Thus the builders of this monument used a natural feature to enhance the size of the enclosing banks, and the shape of the natural escarpment dictated, to a certain extent, the ground plan of Rath Maeve. A townland boundary ditch runs outside the north-east section of the site; with dimensions of 1.5m wide and 1m deep, it could not have been the source of the bank. This material is most likely to have come from a scarped area, 25m wide, which can be traced along the inside edge or the bank. This gives the interior of Rath Maeve a domed shape common amongst the larger embanked enclosures. There are a number of breaks along the circuit of the enclosure, most of which appear to be the result of later disturbance. The original western (259 degrees T) entrance has a maximum width of 20m, and has been hollowed out of the natural escarpment. The townland boundary, which cuts across the western end of the monument, has an irregular kink and may have been diverted in this manner to respect an internal feature which was remove after the construction of the boundary. This occurs at the highest point within the enclosure, at a position where the entire site is visible. A circular cropmark, probably a ring-ditch lies north-east of this feature (L. Swan, pers. comm.). (Petrie 1837, 206; ÓRíordain 1964, 24; Evans 1966, 177)

Date of revision: 10 January 2017

This monument is subject to a preservation order made under the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014 (PO no. 2/2008).

References:

1. Evans, E.E. 1966 Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland: a guide. London. Batsford.
2. Moore, M. 1987 Archaeological inventory of county Meath. Dublin. Stationery Office.
3. Ó Ríordáin, S. P. 1964 Tara: the monuments on the hill. Dundalgan Press, Dundalk
4. Petrie, G. 1837 On the history and antiquities of Tara Hill. Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, 18, 22-232.
5. Stout, G. 1991 The embanked enclosures of the Boyne region. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 91C, 245-84.
6. Thornton, G. 1980 A survey of the earthen enclosures of the Boyne Valley and related sites. MA thesis, University College, Dublin.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st March 2020ce

Grainne's Enclosure (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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

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Cormac's House (Hillfort) — Images

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Churchyard Stones (Standing Stones) — Images

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21st March 2020ce

The Banqueting Hall (Enclosure) — Images

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