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Looking from the boundary of the churchyard across the Rath of Synods towards the Tech Midchúarta.

Walking the Ceremonial Path at the Hill of Tara

I went back to Tara today to walk the ceremonial path. I thought it may be interesting, in light of recent posts and comments. to take a closer look. You may recall that early writers described this feature… Read More

The Hill of Tara. (c) Ali Isaac

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Take a Walking Tour of Tara with Treasa

If you are planning your visit to Ireland, I highly recommend one of Treasa’s Walking Tours of Tara. They take about two hours, and must be pre-booked, as there are only thirty places available on each tour. Be dressed for inclement weather… this is Ireland, after all!

The Wolf King of Tara

According to legend, Cormac mac Art was the High King of Ireland at the same time as Fionn mac Cumhall was the leader of the Fianna, c. the third century AD. He ruled from Tara for forty years, and during his reign, all of Ireland flourished.

The Sacred Stones of the Hill of Tara

I went to the Hill of Tara yesterday. I haven’t been in quite a while; the sun was shining, and I’d been cooped up in the house for a couple of days, and I just felt drawn, so… Read More

Tara Sparling Taking Stock, Or the Electrical Side of Blogging

Tara Sparling is the WINNER of the Best Newcomer Blog Award Ireland 2014, and yesterday she had this to say about Grá mo Chroí, Jane Dougherty and my collaboration. (Please note WordPress won’t allow me to re-blog her… Read More

Tara | Ancient Seat of the High Kings of Ireland

The Hill of Tara, also known as Teamhair na Ri in Irish, is located on the River Boyne near Navan in County Meath. Along with Newgrange, Tara is probably one of the most famous and most visited ancient… Read More

Me standing just outside the entrance to Oweynagat.

Inside the ‘Hell-Mouth’ of Ireland (video)

There is a cave at Cruachan. Its small dark mouth yawns at your feet beneath a shroud of hawthorn bushes, and is never lit up by the sun. You can slide your way in, if you dare. The only way is supine on your belly, sinuous as a snake in the thick blackness, or on your back, enclosed so closely that the rock wall brushes your skin as you pass, the weight of the earth pressing on your consciousness, on your lungs, filling you with the fear of rockfalls, of demonic creatures which burst through from the Otherworld, of the terrible Goddess of strife and death we call the Morrigan, of the dread that once inside, you will become trapped, unable to ever return to the surface.

I Got Bronze!

Processional Pathways of Ancient Ireland

In October 2015, I had a very strange experience at Tlachtga, the Hill of Ward. As I walked the site, I became increasingly dizzy and developed a powerful headache. Half an hour after driving away from the site,… Read More

The Rath of Synods at the Hill of Tara. (c) Ali Isaac

The 5 Great Roads of Ancient Ireland: Fact or Medieval Fiction?

According to legend, there were five great roads which led to the Hill of Tara. One of them runs between the north and south campuses of my university at Maynooth, and I’ve been crossing it almost every day… Read More