Hill Of Tara
Angel Of Tara
Light At Newgrange
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, though now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb and a more fitting classification would be as a temple, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance. The large kidney shaped mound of Newgrange covers an area of over one acre and retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some richly decorated with megalithic art.
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its 19 metre long inner passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-
The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge. an interpretation of the name Tara says that it means a “place of great prospect”, in ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. The earliest settlement at the site was in the Neolithic, and the Mound of the Hostages was constructed in or around 2500BC a decorated stone can be viewed from the entrance gate and the engravings may represent the sun, moon or stars as religious symbols and also used as a prehistoric calendar. The tomb gets its name from the custom of Irish kings taking important people hostage, one of these kings was known as Niall of the Nine Hostages who had taken hostages from all of the provinces of Ireland and from other countries. Tara was according to tradition the seat of Ard Ri na hEireann, the pre-