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Holy Hills of Ireland

50 51 slieve crooB, Down, Lughnasa customs were performed around its megalithic cairn. Stones were added to the cairn, music and sports played. slieve Mish, Sliabh Ms, Kerry, a mountain range near Tralee. The sons of Ml landed nearby, at Beltaine, and met Banbha of the Tuatha D Danann and her druids here. slievenAMon, Sliabh na mBan, Tipperary. Fionn pursued an otherworld woman into this hill but she slammed the door on his thumb, since when he sees the future by sucking it. slieve rushen, Cavan. In a cave, Tory Hole, on its west side Lughnasa rites observed on Tory Hole Sunday in early August. A fiddler once disappeared inside it, but his music and fairy dancing are still heard. mouNtaiNs CoNtiNued slieve gullion, Sliabh gCuilinn, the highest mountain in Armagh. The passage cairn on it is Cailleach Bharras, and is also oriented to Sliabh na Caill, Loughcrew. Her sheaf from the harvest was hung over the table at harvest supper. Lughnasa customs observed here well into the 20th century. sliABh An iArAnn, the Iron Mountain, Sligo. The Tuatha D Danann first landed here from a mystic cloud here. Lughnasa rites were held at Pulty, a hole which a stream falls into, at Bellavally Gaps two fairy cairns, and on the summit, to salute the summer. slieve BeAgh, Clogher, in the passage cairn on its peak is Bith, Noahs grandson, on one slope is St Patricks Chair, a chairshaped stone which he christianised, and a holy well. slieve snAght, Sliabh Sneachta, the highest in Inishowen, with a well for eye troubles called Tobar na Sl. On the last July Sunday the young assembled here for heatherberry picking, dances and games, near where St Patrick destroyed a great serpent. tAghArt hill, Cavan, the weeklong Lughnasa feast here included dancing, singing and games. A prehistoric wooden figure found at its foot has a hole for its missing phallus with fragments of quartz in it. toPPed MountAin, Fermanagh, has a multiple cist cairn, 90 ft across and 12 ft high. A cist here contained a bronze dagger with a gold pommel, an urn and a cremation. On Bilberry Sunday, the third in July, the locals climbed to pick the berries. tory hill, Kilkenny. On its 966 ft high summit pagan worship happened. Fionn and his hound hunted here, a serpent lives in its lake and its Lughnasa festivities were popular. tristiA, Truiste, Mayo, an allnight vigil was held beside its holy wells, on Garland Sunday in late July. One cured eye troubles, the other jealousy. tullAghAn, Sligo, an Ox Mountain hill with three cashels and a holy well. During Lughnasa festivities the itinerant dealers sold out their poteen and gingerbread as fast as they could, fiddlers and pipers played, and there were many games. wicklow MountAins have many megalithic cairns on their peaks, including Seefin and Croneblane with its chambers vast stone cap called Fionn Mac Cumhaills hurling stone. The highest peak is Lugnaquilla, 3,039 ft. Ballynahinch, Co. Mayo. Killiney, Wicklow.
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