Emerald Isle


Irish and Celtic myths and legends, Irish folklore and Irish fairy tales and Legendary Royal Sites in Ireland


The spiritual and geographical heart of Ireland is the Hill of Uisneach overlooking a wide plain in view of twenty counties, where the borders of all five kingdoms met, where great decisions were made and assemblies were held, the mórdáil Uisnig, and home to Ail na Mireann, or the Stone of Divisions. On the hill all around this strangely shaped boulder can be found tombs and strange monuments, standing stones, sacred wells and ring forts of great antiquity.

This is the place most associated with the fall of the hero Lú and home to Dagda, Eriú and the mysterious Druid Mide, who lit a sacred fire that blazed for seven years in Ireland on this hill.

There is evidence in Uisneach for human activity spanning five thousand years or more, and it is closely associated with the Bealtaine festival. Its name means "the place of cinders" or "the angular place". it may have been a sanctuary site where flames were kept burning perpetually and there are many pits nearby with animal sacrifices covered by large stones. It was considered a crossing place between this world and the otherworld.

Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae says that Stonehenge originally stood at the 'hill of Killare' in Ireland, before being moved to Britain. This is thought to refer to Uisneach, as Killare is a place at the foot of the hill.

The Clann Cholmáin chieftains, who became kings of Mide, were titled the "Kings of Uisnech" until Brian Ború came in 999 AD to claim those lands and the High Kingship of all Ireland. Uisneach was also the royal seat of one of Ireland’s most powerful medieval dynasties - the Uí Néill.

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