Day 3: On the Road to Galway Part 2: Brú na Bóinne and Hill of Slane

Brú na Bóinne (“Palace of the Boyne”) is a World Heritage Site in County Meath situated around a bend in the River Boyne.*

Boyne

At the visitor center, a comprehensive exhibit portrays what life was like in prehistoric times. I’m glad I’m living in 2016.

Prehistoric Hut Replica at Boyne Exhibit

Prehistoric Stone Hauling at Boyne Exhibit

 

 

 

 

Covering 1,927 acres, it is the largest Megalithic site in Europe. A complex of mounds, tombs, standing stones and henges, it dates back to between the 35th and 32nd century B.C., making it older than the Pyramids.

The most impressive passage graves can be found at Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth, the last of which we visited. Our knowledgeable guide Paul pointed out stone art as we toured the area. Of special note, inside a tomb area, was information about a flint macehead, circa 3000 B.C., found beneath the eastern chamber tomb.

Boyne Guide

 

Knowth Mound 3

 

 

 

 

 

Knwoth Stone

Boyne Flint Mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we made a quick stop at the Hill of Slane, where Saint Patrick lit his paschal fire to celebrate Christ’s resurrection before the Druids could kindle their sacred fire at Tara to celebrate the vernal equinox.

Slaine Hill 2

*The Battle of the Boyne was fought in July 1690 between King James II, and William of Orange. The victory of the latter changed the course of religious history in Ireland, paving the way for Protestantism to be enforced in the Catholic country.

 

 

 

 

 

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