While visiting Ireland a few years back, we went to The Hill of Tara. This site is said to have been the center of the pagan pantheon of the gods of Ireland, known as the Tuatha Dé Danann. For the first Gael people arrived in Ireland, this was where the High King would be inaugurated by a symbolic ceremony of the king marrying the goddess of the land Maeve to show his devotion and protection over the land and her people. According to legend, there are 5 roads that reach from every province of Ireland that lead straight to Tara so that everyone would be able to find their way back to center. Visiting Tara was amazing and it definitley had a spiritual feel to the place. To look at these neolithic monuments and try to understand what they meant to those people is a unique experience. Next to the Hill of Tara St. Patrick’s church. A church has stood on this site since the early 1100s. It is a beautiful and thought provoking place to see.
For more on Hill of Tara check out http://hilloftara.org