North East,Easter 1916 Commemorations

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Easter 1916 Commemoration, Market Square, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

The South Monaghan Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee, with support from Monaghan County Council, unveiled a 1916 Easter Rising monument on the Market Square following a parade through the town on Easter Monday 2016.

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M.A.D Youth Theatre Easter 1916 Performance, Courthouse, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

As part of the nationwide re-imagining the Easter Rising events, members of M.A.D Youth Theatre Dundalk gave a very well received public performance at midday outside the courthouse on Easter Monday.

Taghart Mountain, County Cavan, Ireland.

Taghart lake

Taghart mountain and lake. ©AgSmaoneamh2015

“In olden times there was a fair held at Taghart mountain…….This fair was something like the Tailteann festival – it lasted a week. Sports and races were held and the old race-course can still be pointed out. In the foot-races the competitors ran over a large field at the foot of the mountain and evidently they swam across one part of the lake. It was an annual event, and it would be at least two hundred years since it was last held.”

A local account on the history and folklore of Taghart mountain recorded in 1941.

Taghart mountain is quite a special place and not far from Loughanleagh.

Below Taghart lies Ralaghan bog where an anthropomorphic figure, referred to as Ralaghan Man, was originally discovered and now can be seen on display in the National Museum, Dublin.

Sacrificial Overkill.

Old Croghan Man, currently on display National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.

Old Croghan Man, currently on display National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.

Sacrificial Overkill.

Tanned groom, remains,

Leveled under-world,

Belly full, while his people starved;

Failed kingship, a triple edged sword.

Garroted with a willow noose,

Biceps pierced with Hazel withies,

Slashed, stabbed, blunt forces bashes,

Life crossed over, bronzed brackish waters

Three ways to kill a king,

To be sure, to be sure, to be sure.

By Julie Corcoran.

Ralaghan Man

Ralaghan Man?

Ralaghan Man. National Museum of Ireland.

This anthropomorphic figure, carved from Yew, is part of an exhibition entitled Kingship & Sacrifice at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.

It was discovered in Ralaghan bog, Co.Cavan in 1930. Initially, it was described as a female figure, possibly 500 years old. It turned out it dates as far back as the Middle Bronze Age, if not further.

Curiosity in the Bog. New York Newspaper 1931.

Curiosity in the Bog. New York Newspaper 1931.

Although originally thought to be female, due to the absence of its male member, it is now referred to Ralaghan man. This is because a gouged hole in the public area probably held male genitalia. It is rumoured that the missing piece was found but never handed in to the museum.

Ralaghan Woman?

Ralaghan Woman? A close up of the Ralaghan figure on exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.

The figure was found on a boundary and therefore is presumed to be a boundary marker, though it has also been described in some literature as a votive offering.

In the prehistoric period of Irish history, the land was a female goddess. A King was chosen to marry the land. If the marriage was a success, the harvest would be plentiful. A failed harvest meant an the goddess was unhappy with her groom.  If this was the case, the king would be sacrificed to the goddess.

That is a simple summation of a very interesting period of Irish prehistory.

I have created a wikipedia page for this very important figure which you can access by clicking here.