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Holy Hills of Ireland

18 19 up North Ulsters Mountains Many Gods live in Ulsters hills. Slieve Donard houses the last pagan kings son, its megalithic tomb being a portal to his domain, while Slieve Gullions chambered cairn is the triple goddess Cailleach Bharras. She guards land and its sovereignty, receives the last harvest sheaf, and once enticed Fionn Mac Cumhaill inside, to emerge aged and spent. Knockmany near Clogher is the Daghdhas, its decorated passage cairn aligned both to the noonday sun and Loughcrew, as is Slieve Gullions. Fionn mac Cumhails mother lived here while he built the Giants Causeway, and the Daghdha also has a hill fort near Derry, the Granan of Aileach. Slieve Beaghs passage cairn, Tyrone, is the tomb of Bith, Noahs son and even Patricks Slemish has pagan neighbours a standing stone on a mountain cairn, and what was probably a ritual royal site on Skerry Hill. A few cult objects have been found on these heights. The Topped Mountains cairn, Fermanagh, yielded a bronze dagger with a gold pommel, Corleck Hill, Cavan, a stone head with three faces, and from nearby Taghart Hill comes the Ralaghan wooden figure, with quartz fragments in its phallus hole. There was a weeklong fair held here for Lughnasa, which was commemorated on virtually every height from Belmore in Fermanagh, to Errigal, Donegal, to County Downs Mourne Mountains. Opposite above Glengarrif, Co. Cork. Below Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim built by Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
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