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Cnoc Tlachtga : The Hill Of The Ward, a hill of significance in the county of Meath, the hill lies between Athboy, to the west and Rath Chairn to the east, during the Medieval times it was a site of great festivals, including one at which the Winter Fires or Bone Fires (Tine Cnamh) were lit on the Samhain, the forerunner of the modern Halloween.
The Hill Of The Ward is associated with the powerful druidess Tlachtga, who, in Irish mythology gave birth to triplets on the hill, that was once called The Hill Of Tlachtga, where an earthen ring-fort was constructed in the Iron Age, historical associated with both the kings of Mide & the kings of Munster. The hill featured in the Irish tales of Tlachtga and her father the Arch-Druid Mug Ruith, who it was said rode his flying machine Roth-Ramach over the hill when the celebration of the Samhain was taking place. In 1168 there was a massive clan-gathering on the hill on the 31st October.
According to Irish tradition, the 3 son of the sorcerer Magus Cy seduced the druidess Tlachtga, and she gave birth to triplets called Cumma, Doirb & Muach who became druids in their own right, it is recorded that the fire festival of the Samhain on the Hill of Tlachtga rivalled that of the extravagance of the festival dedicated to the goddess Tailtiu, also celebrated in Meath.
Tailtiu, being the foster-mother of Lugh, who survived the invasion of the Tuatha De Danann, Tailtiu, died on the Plains of Ireland, with her Iberian people and followers who were deforesting the area for agriculture, Lugh established a harvest festival and funeral games in her honour, the Tailtin Fair, was held in Teltown, a time to test the strength and skill of the Irish, and also a favoured place for contracting marriages between the clans.
Under Lugh’s name peace was declared at the festival, and ancient pagan religious celebrations were performed, aspects of this festival survive in the celebration of the Lughnasadh, leaving the Hill Of Tlachtga for the Samhain.
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