Slieve na Calliagh

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Slieve na Calliagh
Sliabh na Caillí
Loughcrew 6.jpg
Highest point
Elevation276 m (906 ft) [1]
Prominence171 m (561 ft) [1]
ListingCounty Top (Meath), Marilyn
Coordinates53°44′40″N 7°06′42″W / 53.74452°N 7.11167°W / 53.74452; -7.11167Coordinates: 53°44′40″N 7°06′42″W / 53.74452°N 7.11167°W / 53.74452; -7.11167
Naming
English translationthe hag's mountain
Language of nameIrish
Geography
Slieve na Calliagh is located in island of Ireland
Slieve na Calliagh
Slieve na Calliagh
Location in Ireland
LocationCounty Meath, Republic of Ireland
Parent rangeMeath Hills
OSI/OSNI gridN586775

Slieve na Calliagh (Irish: Sliabh na Caillí, meaning "the Cailleach's mountain") is a range of hills and archaeological site near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. The summit is 276 metres (906 ft), the highest point in the county, and an important site for megalithic tombs.

Naming[edit]

The hills are named after the Cailleach, the divine hag of Irish mythology. Legend has it that the monuments were created when a giant hag, striding across the land, dropped her cargo of large stones from her apron.

Geography[edit]

Slieve na Calliagh includes the hills of Carnbane West, Carrickbrack, Carnbane East, and Patrickstown Hill.

Archeology[edit]

Burial chamber at the summit

On various hilltops are megalithic tombs dating back to the 4th millennium BC. These tombs are also known as the Slieve na Calliagh,[2] or as the Loughcrew, tombs. The rays of the equinox sunrise shine down the passageway of the Cairn T and illuminate an inner chamber with megalithic stone carvings. It is one of the four main passage tomb sites in Ireland and is a protected National Monument.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "North Midlands Area - Slieve Na Calliagh Hill". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved 2 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  2. ^ Slieve na Calliagh/Sliabh na Caillí. Placenames Database of Ireland.

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