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Slieve Na Calliagh Hill Sliabh na Caillí A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh na Caillí [], 'mountain of the hag') County Highpoint of Meath in Leinster Province, in County Highpoint, Binnion Lists, Calcareous red-mica greywacke Bedrock

Height: 276m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 42 Grid Reference: N58617 77580
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Longitude: -7.112337, Latitude: 53.744699 , Easting: 258617, Northing: 277580 Prominence: 171m,  Isolation: 11.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 658553 777595,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvNCl, 10 char: SlvNClgh
Bedrock type: Calcareous red-mica greywacke, (Clontail Formation)

The archaeological complex on several of the tops of these hills, consisting of passage tombs with megalithic art on their walls, is best known as Loughcrew. This is the name of a townland and a parish in the area, and the complex lies within this parish. Several of the most important monuments in the complex are located in the townland of Carnbane. The name Sliabh na Caillí refers to the Cailleach Bhéirre or Hag of Beara. Here she is said to have jumped from one hill to the next, dropping stones from her apron to form the cairns.   Slieve Na Calliagh is the 1217th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Na Calliagh is the highest point in county Meath.

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Not just another pile of stones .. by group   (Show all for Slieve Na Calliagh)
Dodging Thunder and Lightning .. by paddyobpc   (Show all for Slieve Na Calliagh)
I've been asked to offer some clarification on th .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Slieve Na Calliagh) Picture about mountain Slieve Na Calliagh in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Friendly OPW guides at the entrance to Cairn T
OPW guides greatly enhance a visit to this summit
by kernowclimber  21 Jun 2011
The highest point of County Meath is an absolute must on the MV list, especially so for history lovers. The views on offer are truly expansive, but it is the significance of the landscape that provides added interest. Clusters of megalithic cairns are situated at Slieve na Calliagh and surrounding hills in the North Midlands, comprising one of the largest prehistoric burial grounds in Ireland.

The presence of so many cairns invests this landscape with power and spirituality. Unsurprisingly, these high and holy places have drawn people to them for eons. Queen Maeve was reputed to have sat on the Hag’s Chair, one of the large rocks of the cairn atop Slieve na Calliagh, to proclaim the law of the land. More recently Catholics held mass here in secret, denoted by a cross carved into the rock surface. The Rev. Eugene Conwell was the first person to seriously study the cairns of Loughcrew in 1863, and it was he who ascribed to them the various letters that are still in use today.

Cairn T or Hag's Cairn atop Slieve na Calliagh, is a classic example of a Passage Tomb similar in design to Newgrange, comprising a cruciform underground chamber with a corbelled roof topped by an enormous cairn 35 metres in diameter. A richly decorated backstone reveals that the Cairn has a clear astronomical purpose. The illumination of the passage and chamber at the winter solstice sunrise in Newgrange is world famous, but less well known is the equinox illumination at dawn in Cairn T. Over the course of about 50 minutes, a beam of sunlight shaped by the stones of the entrance slowly creeps up the passage towards the backstone, moving from left to right illuminating solar symbols.

A pleasant 10-15 minute walk up a grassy hill from a small car park brings visitors to the passage tomb. If you ensure that your visit takes place during June to August the passage tomb is open and there are OPW guides on site who accompany visitors inside and explain the history and significance of the site and its artwork. At other times the tomb is locked, but it is possible to obtain access by collecting a key at nearby Loughcrew Gardens.

Our visit coincided with the last admission of the day: 5.15 pm. The weather was fickle, depressingly overcast, cold and blustery, and it was difficult to believe that it was the day prior to the summer solstice. Two guides, who had been braving the elements all day outside the tomb and who were clearly cold and looking forward to knocking off for the day, enlivened our visit with their enthusiasm and professionalism. One told me she had worked at the site for 19 years and she and her colleague provided an excellent and informative narrative. Once inside we were given a torch to illuminate the various petroglyps. Although this was the last of 6 summits we had climbed over the course of 2 days including Ireland’s remotest peak, those 2 OPW guides ensured that little Slieve na Calliagh will stand foremost in my memory. Thank you ladies! Linkback:
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