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Rath Caelchon at first light

Rath Caelchon at first light

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Rath Caelchon, Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, catches the first golden light of dawn. The monument is a ring-barrow of Bronze Age date. Tradition says that it was named Rath Caelchon after a Munster chief called Caelchon, a contemporary of the great Cormac mac Art, in the third century AD. Caelchon died at Tara, and was interred in a leacht or cairn, beside which was raised the rath in commemoration of him. Beyond Rath Caelchon to the west are Rath Gráinne and the Sloping Trenches.

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