Mythical Ireland

Search Mythical Ireland

Home Ancient Sites Myths & Legends Art Astronomy Blog High Man Stone Map Contact Shop
Information Area

What's New at MI?

NEW Image gallery

Archaeology News

Audio files

Free Fonts & Dingbats

Free Wallpapers

Irish Place Names Books

Other Websites

Navigation | Sky Map SiteMap

Make a donation

Please consider a donation towards MI running costs:

My books
The Cry of the Sebac
The Cry of the Sebac - my new novel
Land of the Ever-Living Ones
Land of the Ever-Living Ones: my first work of fiction
Newgrange Monument to Immortality book
Newgrange: Monument to Immortality - click here
Island of the Setting Sun 2nd edition
"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent

Our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter for news and regular updates from Mythical Ireland
Established 16/3/2000

Evening of Stone for Lughnasa at Tara a success

Reported in the Meath Chronicle, August 4th, 2004:

AN Evening of Stone at the Hill of Tara to celebrate the Festival of Lughnasa last Friday turned out to be a bigger success than the organisers had anticipated.

Over 200 people arrived at the hill and made their mark for history. Visitors had been asked to bring a stone which was to be included in the restoration of The Village Wall, which will be part of an entry to the Meath County Council Pride of Place Initiative.

The ceremony at Tara continues a long tradition going back thousands of years which saw stones being brought to the hill. While the wall may not rival the Great Wall of China, the meithealserved to bring together a group people of diverse interests, but with the common aim of making their own little piece of history at Tara.

The names of all those who brought stones on Friday - families, the elderly and the young - are entered into a book which will be included in a time capsule to be inserted in the wall by Maurice Casssidy and his sons Enda and Mark who are carrying out the building work.

Most of the names will be from Meath but stones were also brought by people from Kerry, Clare, Galway and from the mouth of the Boyne at Drogheda. The gathering of the stones was taking place under a full moon (known as a "Blue Moon"), the second in the same month, and a phenomenon which will not be seen again until 2007.

One of the members of the Friends of Tara Group, Michael Slavin, said that the ceremony was a huge success. "We expected about 50 people but 200 or more turned up. There was great excitement and it turned into a real community effort."

"It is intended that a 40-foot section of the wall will be restored first and the remaining 100' will be described as "a work in progress'." By bank holiday Monday, a fine pile of stones had been gathered but more were still coming in.

Back to the Hill of Tara page

All information and photos, except where otherwise stated, copyright, © Anthony Murphy, 1999-2015
Home Ancient Sites Myths & Legends Art Astronomy High Man Forum Stone Map Contact