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Rath Airthir

Ceremonial Enclosure and Barrow

Teltown (Tailten) is famous for the ancient Lughnasadh festival that took place here on the 1st August each year. It is a comprised of a large number of archeological monuments. Amongst them is Rath Airthir ( the Eastern Fort). It is trivallate ceremonial enclosure defined by two high earthen banks and three fosses. There are references to Rath Airther in the Dinshenchas and it is believed that it may have been the location of the Royal assembly at Tailtu. The enclosure is at least 80 metres across it widest point and it is hidden beneath a canopy of sycamore trees. The only way to really appreciate the enormity of this site is visit yourself.

Centrally located in the enclosure is a large Barrow (Burial mound). Because of it's appearance it is often described as a norman motte. It is even suggested the the normans may converted the site for use as a motte and bailey. The site is located on private property, so please ask at the adjacent house for permission.

Situated: In the centre of Donaghpatrick, on the opposite site of the road from St Patrick's Church.

Discovery Map 42. N 8186 7274. Last visit May 2017.

Longitude: 6° 45' 37" W

Latitude: 53° 41' 53" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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