The Hill of Tara in Ireland

My own view is that Tara served many functions during prehistory – it was a ritual holy place; a royal dwelling; a defensive site; and a burial place. No archaeological investigation of the hill undertaken so far has contradicted this view. In fact, the investigations, which go back to 1953, have always turned up evidence to support Tara’s claim to being important, royal and sacred.

This ancient site still remains one of the best windows we have on to Ireland’s pagan past…

When Ireland did emerge from the mists of mythical prehistory into something resembling true history, some thirteen hundred years ago, Tara was the most powerful royal name in the northern half of the country, and right up to the beginning of the eleventh century the kingship of Tara was the most sought-after title in all of Ireland.

Michael Slavin, author of The Book of Tara, page 25, published by Wolfhound Press in Dublin, Ireland, 1996


Round Earthworks at the Hill of Tara, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland

Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland


The Book of Tara


michael slavin

Michael Slavin



About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus. I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to
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