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North East Midlands Area , SE: Boyne Valley Subarea
Feature count in area: 24, by county: Cavan: 7, Westmeath: 5, Meath: 5, Monaghan: 3, Leitrim: 1, Louth: 1, Longford: 2, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A, 28, 28A, 28B, 34, 35, 36, 41
Highest Place: Cornasaus 339m

Starting Places in area North East Midlands:

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Summits & other features in area North East Midlands:
Cen: Ballyjamesduff: Aghalion Hill 249m
Cen: Oldcastle: Mullaghmeen 258m, Slieve Na Calliagh 276m, Spire of Lloyd 131m, The Hill of Mael 241m
E: Kingscourt: Carrickleck Hill 173m
N Cen: Cavan Town: Shantemon 218m, Slieve Glah 320m, Tievenanass 261m
NE: Ballybay: Bunnanimma 268m
NE: Carrickmacross: Corduff 243m
NE: Castleblaney: Mullyash Mountain 317m
NE: Cen Bailieborough: Cornasaus 339m, Taghart South 290m
NW Cen: Arva: Bruse Hill 260m
NW: Aughavas: Lugganammer 190m
S Cen: Crookedwood: Cruckboeltane 199m, Knockeyon 214m
S: Westmeath South West: Knockastia 200m
SE: Boyne Valley: Hill of Slane 160.4m, Mount Oriel 251m, Tara 155m
W: Ardagh: Bawn Mountain 200m
W: Drumlish: Corn Hill 278m

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Tara, 155.0m Hill Teamhair A name in Irish,
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Ir. Teamhair [], poss. 'sanctuary' Hill of Tara an extra name in English, Meath County in Leinster province, in Local/Historical/Cultural Lists, Tara is the 1466th highest place in Ireland. Tara is the second most southerly summit in the North East Midlands area.
Grid Reference N92004 59723, OS 1:50k mapsheet 42/43
Place visited by: 156 members, recently by: Carolineswalsh, Tommer504, McWobbley, Ansarlodge, hibby, mountainmike, MariaT, hak493r, benjimann9, FerdiaScully, Tomaquinas, morgan_os, grzywaczmarcin, MichaelButler, owen
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Longitude: -6.611723, Latitude: 53.579513, Easting: 292004, Northing: 259724, Prominence: 84m,  Isolation: 15.9km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 691933 759744
Bedrock type: Dark micrite & calcarenite, shale, (Loughshinny Formation)
Notes on name: Tara is a royal place, in pre-history and in historic times 142 kings are said to have reigned in the name of Tara. The Coronation stone called the Lia Fail or Stone of Destiny has rested here down the ages. It was here that the most powerful of Irish kings held their great inaugural feasts. Tara is a sacred place in ancient Irish religion and mythology Tara was revered as a dwelling of the gods and an entrance place to the otherworld of eternal joy and plenty where no mortal ever grew old. Tara is a Celtic place and is one of the largest complexes of Celtic monuments in all of Europe. The first settlers came here 6,000 years ago, they and the Celts who followed choose Tara as a very special place. It has many important features, including the banqueting hall, the rath of the synods, the Kings Seat, Cormac's House and the highest and possibly most important of them all, the Mound of the Hostages.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Tara, 10 char: Tara

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Picture: The Mound of Hostages as seen from beside the Lia Fail
The House of Cormac!
by Trailtrekker 10 Jan 2014
"Cernait, Grainne, Cormac, Fionn, t'was here they loved and lost and won. Their secrets lie 'neath Tara's soil, known only to the Lia Fail" Song of Tara.

On most of the MV ratings this hill fails miserably! It scores zero in terms of challenge and wilderness, it can't be linked with another hill and there is quiet a bit of walker damage. Unless you have the clearest of days, when you can see the Cooley and Mourne ranges, the view is quiet uninspiring and as you approach it you will barely notice that it is a hill. Yet having said this, it is one that we should all visit!

This is the most sacred of Irish hills with several ancient monuments dating back long before Christianity, some of them 6,000 years old. A full list of all the hills features can be found elsewhere online, with many of them listed in the description at the top. I would personally suggest reading up on Cormac Mac Airt (a good Meath name to this day), the mound of the hostages and also on the Lia Fail before heading out on to the hill, but I leave all this to yourself. Youtube is cluttered up with rubbish from the M3 protesters, but in amongst this is a nice short video from renowned Tara author Michael Slavin which gives a nice introduction to the hill and some of the events that it has seen.

From the entrance gate it is all of 300 metres to the top of mound of the hostages at A (N92010 59720) which is the highest part of the hill. From November 2011 until recently this monument was under repair and non accessible, thankfully the restrictions have now been lifted. If you visit between June and September you can check out the excellent video presentation in the visitor centre before heading off to explore the hill (highly recommended). After seeing this video I would recommend starting your explorations from the foot of the banqueting hall (if you watch the video you will see why). Site is maintained by the OPW, car park, coffee shop and toilets all on site. In Sean Boylan's days at the helm of the county team you could have found masses of marauding Meath men trampling over this hill in the dark, but you might just be safe enough to venture out these days! Linkback:
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Picture: The Mound Of The Hostages
Importance Beyond Its Height
by Aidy 12 Aug 2015
Although there aren't huge impressive ruins here, Tara is worth visiting for its importance in history and legend, and I felt a strange sense of significance as an Irishman to be standing on this hill. Its one of the easiest hills to summit that I've been on, and isn't very high, although the views are surprisingly extensive, (I could see the Mourne Mountains) but its impact lies elsewhere. If you had to pick one place to signify Ireland, this would be one of the main contenders. I was particularly pleased that this happened to be my 100th mountainviews summit - not a bad one to mark the occasion! Linkback:
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Picture: The Mound of Hostages
A hill for Kings
by TommyV 29 Dec 2018
A nice easy stroll to bring the family on. A cafe and facilities near the car park. Linkback:
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