Hill of Tara Archaeological Complex

Perspective view of a lidar generated shaded relief model of the Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara Archaeological Complex Description Tara (Ir. Teamhair) is chief among the best known ‘royal’ sites of Ireland, including Dún Ailinne in Leinster, Crúachain in Connacht and Eamhain Mhacha in Ulster. It is at once a landmark and a vantage point. The barrows, mounds, conjoined circular earthworks and buildings, timber henges, linear embankments and sacred […]

Ráith Laoghaire

Perspective view of a 3D model of Raith Leogaire, Tara

Ráith Laoghaire Description Ráith Laoghaire commemorates in its name the early historic king of Tara, Lóegaire (Mod. Ir. Laoghaire) mac Néill, famous for his reputed clash with Patrick over the Paschal fire. Lóegaire is said to have been buried in the ramparts of Tara, facing his enemies, the Leinstermen. The monument, a circular enclosure about […]


Perspective view of a 3D model of ClaenFherta, Tara

Cláenfhearta Description The shape of the monuments known as the Cláenfhearta, the ‘Sloping Trenches’, gave rise to a number of early tales. They were regarded as the remnants of the royal residence which collapsed when the king of Tara, Lugaid mac Con gave a false judgement. A second explanation for the shape of the monument […]

Banqueting Hall

Perspective view of a 3D model of the Banquet Hall, Tara

Banqueting Hall Description The Banqueting Hall, or Tech Miodhchúarta at Tara so captured the imagination of the medieval learned classes that they composed fanciful descriptions and illustrations of the king’s court there. They imagined that the monument consisted of a hall, with seven opposed doorways, at the top of which the king of Tara presided […]

Ráith Gráinne

Perspective view of a 3D model of Raith Grainne, Tara

Ráith Gráinne Description Ráith Gráinne is named after the legendary princess Gráinne, who fled from Tara and from Fionn mac Cumhaill with her lover Diarmait úa Duibhne. It is a barrow (about 60m in diameter) consisting of a central mound surrounded by a ditch and external bank. In the centre are the remains of what […]

Mound of the Hostages

Perspective view of a 3D model of the Mound of the Hostages, Tara

Mound of the Hostages Description The Mound of the Hostages takes its name from the medieval Irish designation of the monument Duma na nGiall, a name associating the monument with the symbolic exchange of hostages which must have taken place at Tara in the medieval period. It is, however, a passage tomb built around 3000 […]

Ráith na Rí

Perspective view of a 3D model of Raith na Rig

Ráith na Rí Description Ráith na Rí, the Fort of the Kings, seems to have been given this name in the medieval period because of the royal associations with the monuments enclosed by it. These include Teach Cormaic and the Forradh. The monument is a large ovoid enclosure. It is defined by an internal ditch […]

Rath of the Synods

Perspective view of a 3D model of the Rath of the Synods

Rath of the Synods Description The Rath of the Synods is named in an 11th-century text to commemorate ecclesiastical synods reputed to have been held at Tara by important Irish saints such as Adomnán, abbot of Iona (died 704) and Brendan. Large parts of the site were destroyed between 1899 and 1902 by the British […]

Teach Cormaic & The Forrad

Perspective view of a 3D model of the Teach Cormaic & The Forrad

Teach Cormaic & The Forrad Description The Forrad (‘Ceremonial Seat’) and Teach Cormaic (‘Cormac’s House’) consist of two conjoined earthworks. Teach Cormaic, regarded in the medieval period as being the royal residence of the heroic king of Tara, Cormac mac Airt, may be a ringfort consisting of a circular area (about 70m in diameter) defined […]


3D Model of the Orthostat, Mound of the Hostages, Tarast

Orthostat Description A decorated Othostat (L2) is contained within the left hand side of the Mound of the Hostages passage tomb (Duma na nGiall) on the Hill of Tara, dating to 3000 BC.  Location Images Video Technical Details SMR Details This artefact is not recorded within the SMR Data Capture Close range Scanning: Next Engine […]