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
Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland