Irish folklore in Meath stems from the medieval times of the Iron Age Celts and is deeply rooted in Gaelic mythology and Pagan and Celtic beliefs. Dotted across the countryside outside of Navan are the remnants of early buildings, hill forts and secret passage tombs that point to an earlier era of Irish history, making the area an exciting setting for learning about authentic Irish mythology at its roots.
From ancient castles, eerie tombs and timeless waterway, these sites are made all the more exciting because of the myths, legends and mystic beliefs that form part of their early history. Irish mythology includes tales of:
The Banshee – Although there are differing versions of stories about this mythical creature in Ireland, there’s one common thread throughout: this female spirit wails outside homes to pre-warn families of the death of a family member. The spirit can take on many forms, from an old woman wearing a veil or a young beauty, to a lady with silver hair carrying a comb. Legend has it that you’ll hear her high-pitched shriek long before you even see her…
Holy Wells – There are over 3000 holy wells situated in and around Ireland. The wells in County Meath are said to be the site of Pagan rituals. Legend has it that the poet king of Leinster reserved one of these magical wells for himself and certain cup bearers. If anyone else tried to drink from this secret well, they would be blinded by its waters. Queen Boan fell victim to such a fate and, discovering herself blind, fled towards the sea and drowned. This is said to have been how the River Boyne made its way to the coast – in hot pursuit of the unfortunate queen.
Tuatha Dé Danann – This is the name of a supernatural race of people, also known as the People of the Goddess Danu. They’re said to have arrived from four great cities, bringing with them a treasure from each. This race of super beings was eventually banished from the mortal world, forced to live out their days underground, in passage graves such as Bru Na Boinne. One of their treasures was the Stone of Fal, which would scream whenever a true king would set his foot on it. This stone eventually found its way to the Mound of Tara, to form part of the king’s coronation ceremony, where it can still be seen today.
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