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Pilgramage to Ireland - Brú na Bóinne

In County Meath is Brú na Bóinne, or the Palace of the Boyne or Mansion of the Boyne or Boyne valley tombs. It contains one of the world's most important prehistoric landscapes dating from the Neolithic period, including the large Megalithic passage graves of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth as well as some 90 additional monuments.


We went to Knowth, which has passage tombs from over 5,000 years ago, and over 200 decorated stones.

This is the Eastern Passage through the mound at Knowth.

We also went to Dowth. It originally had 115 kerbstones which are the stones of a stone ring.

The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Our leader reads us this poem:

TARA -- The Rock of Destiny

Earth Works circle up

like great waves of land

made visible

Pushing power into the Center

Rising into an ancient eternal rock.

The hand of the King

On the Rock of Destiny

Receiving the Land's Force

Demanding his Commitment

His hand transmitting

His Heart's Pledge

Back through the stone,

through the waves

out to every rising horizon

A Pledge to the People

A Sacred Vow to the Land.

The Destiny of the Man

The Destiny of the Land

Now joined for good . . . or ill.

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