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The Hill of Uisneach

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Ballymore, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
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The Hill of Uisneach, situated between the villages of Ballymore and Loughanavally, was the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath. Its roots stretch back into ancient mythology with its history rooted in a La Tene period of the Iron Age.

The Hill of Uisneach, in County West Meath is placed by many has in the same league as the Hill of Tara in neighbouring County Meath. It is situated between the villages of Ballymore and Loughanavally and was the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath. Its roots stretch back into ancient mythology with its history rooted in a La Tene period of the Iron Age.

Uisneach has also been famous as a meeting place in pre history as a place of cattle rituals and other ‘May Day’ assemblies, and in more recent times as the meeting place for an important twelfth century synod. St Patrick and St Brigid have important connections with the Hill, it being claimed that it was here St Brigid received the veil from St Patrick.

The importance of Uisneach in early times is reflected in the large number of monuments, almost twenty, mostly ring forts and tumuli, which are scattered around and upon it. The most famous feature on Uisneach is the Cat Stone, named so because it resembles a cat watching a mouse. It is a huge limestone boulder almost six metres high which is estimated to weigh over 30 ton and is said to mark the centre of Ireland or the coming together of the provinces.