The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin about 20 minutes from Slane village. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Rí meaning ‘Sanctuary of the Kings’ and it is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. The site has been subjected to intensive archaeological research, and much has been learned about its development in recent times through the use of new technologies. Some of the features to see on the hill today include the Mound of the Hostages, a neolithic passage tomb reused during the Bronze Age; Ráth na Rí, the enclosure around the summit of the hill; the standing called the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny); the inauguration stone of the Kings of Tara; the Forrad (The Royal Seat) and Teach Chormaic. It is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.
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