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TARA RAITH LOEGAIRE INTRO

SMR No.: ME031-033001-

Monument Type: Hilltop enclosure

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 150m in diameter, is one of the more problematical sites at Tara. The eastern half of the site has been erased by cultivation, but on the West side it is defined by a bank and internal ditch. There are, however, slight traces of an internal bank which, if original, suggest that the monument may have defensive characteristics. Geophysical survey has identified an entrance facing due east.

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