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The Blackwater River at Donaghpatrick

The Blackwater River at Donaghpatrick

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The Blackwater river (known as the Kells Blackwater or the Leinster Blackwater to prevent confusion with the Munster Blackwater) flows from Lough Ramor in County Cavan down into the lush and fertile lands of County Meath, passing Kells and Teltown as it winds its way towards Navan, where it merges with the River Boyne.
The drone photo shows the Blackwater (anciently called Sele) at Donaghpatrick Bridge as it flows relentlessly southeastwards towards Navan. In the far distance, 10 miles or 16 kilometres away, is the ancient Hill of Tara.
In ancient times, a huge annual Oenach or assembly was held at Teltown (Irish Tailten), akin to something like an Irish Olympic Games. The games had a mythological origin, and were initiated by the Tuatha Dé Danann deity Lugh, in honour of his foster mother Tailtiu. She had cleared the 'wood of Cuan' in the Sele valley but died from her exertions and was buried at the place that would take her name, Tailten. All I can say is that Tailtiu must have been one strong and powerful woman, and it is no wonder that her great name should have been so honoured, and remembered today in the name of Teltown.
For me, this photo evokes a sense of awe when looking at the beautiful landscape of Meath. This is the region of Ireland where the largest and most ornate of the Neolithic passage-tombs were built, and is the area once called Brega. The High Kings of Ireland reigned from Tara, and I've often said that the reason the seat of the overking of Ireland was in the east and not in the centre of the island is because the land that can be seen from Tara (including Tailtiu, Loughcrew and Brú na Bóinne) comprised the best and most fertile farmland in all of Ireland - and thus it should be guarded with utmost zealousness!
The vibrant greens of this image tell you that this could be nowhere else but that magical, mystical and beautiful ancient land that is Éire – Ireland.
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