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Holy Hills of Ireland

CONTENTS Introduction 1 Nothing Lost 4 Creation of the Sacred 6 Skies in the Landscape 8 Encasing Time 10 Greater Powers 12 Inner Divides 14 The Countrys Fairs 16 Up North 18 Down South 20 Out West 22 Facing East 24 On the Fringes 26 Watery Ways 28 Spinning Round 30 Standing Alone 32 Vanishing Points 34 New Heights 36 Turning Stones 38 Wells 40 Over the Water 42 Gazeteer of Mountains 44 Circles, Cairns and Megalithic Sites 52 Assembly Places and Fairs 54 Glossary of Irish Names 56 To Nelson, whose kindness and help has been a constant support. The illustrations are mainly taken from The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland illustrated by W. H. Bartlett, pub. London, circa 1850 Antiquities of Ireland by E. Ledwich, pub. Dublin, 1804 and Early Christian Architecture in Ireland, by Margaret Stokes, pub. London, 1878. Skirk Henge, Co. Laois, a pagan shrine on a lofty hill where the eye has an extensive range ... surrounded by a deep intrenchement, and within is a pyramidical stone six feet high. from Ledwich, Antiquities of Ireland.
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