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East Coast Area
Place count in area: 5, OSI/LPS Maps: 35, 36, 42, 43 
Highest place:
Mount Oriel, 251m
Maximum height for area: 251 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 176 metres,

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Tara Hill Cnoc an Temair A name in Irish
Meath County in Leinster Province, in Local/Historical/Cultural List, Dark micrite & calcarenite, shale Bedrock

Height: 155.0m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 42/43 Grid Reference: N92004 59723
Place visited by 124 members. Recently by: sofearghail, jelena, Djouce, marcel, StephenGray, declantb, tonibm, dregishjake, cactustravelfan, Fjon, dregish, monisr, soodonum, jelena_vk, abcd
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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,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Tara, 10 char: Tara
Bedrock type: Dark micrite & calcarenite, shale, (Loughshinny Formation)

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.   Tara is the 1465th highest place in Ireland. Tara is the most westerly in the East Coast area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Tara (<i>Cnoc an Temair</i>) in area East Coast, Ireland
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 N92010 59720 A 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:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
Importance Beyond Its Height .. by Aidy   (Show all for Tara (Cnoc an Temair))
A hill for Kings .. by TommyV   (Show all for Tara (Cnoc an Temair))
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