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30 31 armagh building an Irish Rome Armagh was named after the mythological Macha, who gave birth to twins after being forced to race against horses and cursed the Ulstermen to labour pains in times of need. It is in sight of her other hill, Emain Macha, Navan, Ulsters legendary royal capital. In Muirchs first tale Patrick cursed the horse of Armaghs owner, Dire, a name for the sungod Daghdha, for grazing on the land. It died, and Dire fell ill when he told his men to kill Patrick, who had holy water sprinkled on man and horse, reviving them. The second, like the Saul story, contains a garbled phrase, Grazacham, the Latin gratias agam, Let me give thanks. Daire had a marvellous cauldron from overseas which held triple measure. He gave it to Patrick, who replied Grazacham. Daire remarked this man is a fool only to say Grazacham for so wonderful a cauldron, and told his slaves to get it back. Patrick only said Grazacham, take it and Daire responded Grazacham for the giving, Grazacham for the taking. These Grazachams mean so much I must return it, adding you are obstinate and imperturbable. I give you the land you asked for. In the third Patrick and Daire find a doe and fawn lying on the hill where a church altar was to be built. Their companions made to kill them, but Patrick took them to a slope and let them go. Muirch adds there are traces of the miracle to the present day. Above The town of Armagh. Below Pillar stone at Kilnasaggart near Armagh. Its ca. 700 inscription says the place had been put under the protection of Peter the Apostle, probably by Armagh.
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