Prof. Heaney added: "I suppose Tara means something equivalent to me to what Delphi means to the Greeks or maybe Stonehenge to an English person or Nara in Japan . . .It conjures up what they call in Irish dúchas, a sense of belonging a sense of patrimony, a sense of an ideal.

"The traces on Tara are in the grass, in the earth. They aren't spectacular like temple ruins in Greece but they are about origin, they're about beginning, they're about the mythological, spiritual source - something that gives the country its distinctive spirit".


Tara: Ceremonial and Mythical Capital of Ireland
By - Edel Bhreathnach.

The undisputed evidence of medieval Irish sources, dating from circa AD 600 onwards, ranks Tara as the ceremonial and mythical capital of Ireland. The place name Temair suggests that this was a significant prehistoric sanctuary or cult centre, a status manifest from the large-scale monuments on the hill (Mac Giolla Easpaig, forthcoming). It is possible even that the name Temair was coined to describe the large hengiform enclosure (known today as Ráith na Ríg) of Iron Age date which encircles the brow of the hill. Excavations conducted in the 1950s and again in 1997 revealed an extensive rock-cut ditch (Roche 2002) which was likely to have delineated the Iron Age temenos 'temple, sanctuary' constructed for ritual purposes and which also enclosed earlier Neolithic and Bronze Age burials .

Portrait of the God Lug by artist Jim Fitzpatrick





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