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Holy Hills of Ireland

22 23 out west the mountains of Connacht Most famously, Irelands national saint defeated his worst supernatural opponents on Croagh Patrick, and a great mountain pilgrimage still takes place here on the Sunday nearest to Lughnasa, at the end of July. Hundreds climb up, praying at its shrines, and as much of Irelands prehistoric gold was mined nearby there are ancient reasons for this veneration. On Mm an, Galway, Lughnasa rituals long stayed alive. On what was called Crom Dubhs Sunday people climbed up to thank the Dark Bent God for the harvest and ask for the earths continuing fertility. There was much music and dancing, and men from different sides of the mountain fought each other with shillelaghs. These mountain traditions mostly have little Christian veneer. Knocknashee, Sligo, with its huge hill fort, is the Hill of the Fairies, and Maedhbh, the intoxicating goddess, lives in one of four cairns on Knockmaa, Galway. Finnbheara, the fairies leader, entices humans into his domain in another of these cairns and Noahs granddaughter, Cesair, is in a third, while on Knocknarea, overlooking Sligo Bay, is Maedhbhs greatest cairn, made from over 40,000 tons of stones. She stands inside this hill spear in hand with her best men, waiting for the right moment to attack Ulster. The fathersun god, the Daghdha, is nearby, in a megalithic complex on Cairn Hill. Opposite above Eagle Mountain, Connemara Below Head of the Killeries, Connemara.
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