It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
A wage was given to Mog Ruith who chose it for beheading John; this then was the wage of Mog Ruith, [his] choice of the maidens. Then Mog Ruith the splended went to kill John, though it was shameful. So he took in the prison to Herod the head of John on a dish of white silver.
Archaeologically, the hill is best known for the quadrivallate ringfort which lies at its summit which bears the name of Tlachtga, the sorceress for whom the hill is named. The site occupies the highest point towards the southern end of the ridge and even in its current state is a striking archaeological site. The remains of four substantial banks enclose a total area of approximately 140 m diameter. In the eastern section all but the innermost bank have been entirely destroyed, while the banks on the western side have also suffered some disruption, although their outline can still be traced. This is at least partly accredited to Oliver Cromwell, who is reputed to have encamped with his army at Tlachtga in 1649 en route to Athboy (Herity 1993, 150).
"Geoffrey Keating who wrote the History of Ireland, talks about this in the 17th Century. He said the druids lit a fire and had celebrations," he said.
Tradition has it that on Samhain Eve - celebrated on 31 October, Halloween - all fires were extinguished across Ireland.
A huge bonfire was lit on Tlachtga and all the people had to come and light their fires from this central fire.
"We have found evidence of intense burning there, whether you want to equate that with Samhain or not.
"This monument is associated with fire. The medieval texts would associate this very strongly with an annual fire festival," he said.
"It may also have been a place for crafting metal and glass and in those times, very few people knew how to do that, so it too would have been magical."
Significantly, archaeologists also found the skeleton of a small child who was less than a year old - a similar skeleton was found at Rath na Rí on the nearby hill of Tara, once the seat of the ancient high kings of Ireland.
"There has been a suggestion that one of the reasons the site is not better known is that it was written out of the Patrick story - that it was so infamous that the church did a very good job of trying to erase it from the mythology," Dr Davis said.
This year, hundreds of people are returning to Tlachtga to celebrate Samhain with a fire festival and a torch lit procession.