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St Patrick

38 39 lughnasa hIlls Waters sheltering old beliefs Many Lughnasa assemblies were on sacred hills, so Patrick set seven guardians, like Enochs seven angels, in its mountains the Reek, Benbulben, Slieve Beagh, Slieve Gua, Clonard mountain and Slieve Donard. Inside Slieve Donard, nearly three thousand feet high, lives Donard, a pagan kings son, in chambers under the megalithic tomb on its peak, to raise Patricks relics just before Doomsday. Patrick had tamed this kings bull, then slaughtered it, to his fury, so he tied the bones in its hide and revived it, fiercer than ever. Until the Famine pilgrims gathered at the tomb, by then renamed Donards Chapel, to hear mass at the end of July. At Cashel, Munsters sacred hill, Patrick met the poet giant Oisn, who fought a raging bull and thrashed vast quantities of corn. At Teltown in Meath, Patrick condemned King Loiguire to the Black Lake, the short road to hell, in which lurked a serpent. In 1168 the last High King, Rory OConnor, was proclaimed there, mock battles took place in nearby lakes, and couples married or divorced each other by declaration, in Teltown Marriages. At Carmain, the Leinster assembly site, St Patrick blessed the well, at Mm an he banished another fierce bull to a lake, and in Sligo faced the Corra again, who had polluted all Irish waters so Patrick struck Tullaghan rock, sweet water burst forth, he drank until his strength revived, and banished her for ever.
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