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Hill of Ward

This was the meeting place of the Aonach, the great Celtic public assembly and festival which was held on Samhan 31st October (All Soul's Night) otherwise known as Halloween, a "time when the other world became visible to humans". Sometime in the 2nd century, King Tuathal built a palace here but the only remains of this are a few circular ramparts near the summit.

In 1168, Rory O Connor, High King of Ireland presided over the national Synod of Kings and prelates and some thirteen thousand horsemen thronged the roads on that occasion.

Hugh de Lacy murdered Tiernan O Rourke, King of Breany, while attending a conference here in 1172. Cromwell used the hill as a camping place for his army in 1649.



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