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TARA, fa'ra, Ireland, a hill in County Meath, six miles east of Trim. According to tradition the fes of Tara, the triennial con vention here, was established by 011am Fod lah or 011av Fola (a.c. 900 or 950). After the decisions of the meeting the princes and others present held a banquet, each guest seated be neath his shield which the heralds had sus pended on the walls of the great hall. The palace of Tara, tradition says, was 900 feet square and had 150 apartments and 150 dormi tories. The hall had a capacity for entertaining 1,000 guests daily. It was here the early kings of Ireland were crowned. King Corrine Mac Art (3d century A.D.) is said to have founded schools here of military science, law and litera ture. In the days of Saint Patrick, Tara is said to have been the principal seat of Druidism and idolatry and (about 560 A.D.) fell under the curse of Saint Ruadan and had to be aban doned as a royal residence. A battle here is said to have caused the fall of Danish rule in Meath in 980. In 1798 the Royalist troops,

400 strong, defeated 4,000 Irish insurgents, killing 500. Daniel O'Connell held a monster meeting here 15 Aug. 1843, at which it is said persons attended. The so-called re mains of the royal palace are represented by six raths or circular earthworks, of which the (king's rath), which is the most extensive, contains the forradh (meeting place) which consists of an elevation having a level summit. The °stone of destiny," on which the, kings are said to have been crowned, is lo cated here. Certain earthworks a space about 759 feet by 46 feet and having breaches at intervals supposed to have been the entrances are considered as having been the banqueting Thomas Moore rendered the Tara tradition imperishable with his poem "The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls.°