Now we've reached back through christian ireland to celtic ireland, and surely that must be ancient well, yes and no the truly ancient sites in ireland such as the boyne valley, newgrange and the hill of tara are 1,000s of years older than the celts and the christians. Celtic history general celtic info the celts dominated mid and western europe for a thousand years but it is only recently that the importance of celtic influence on the cultural, linguistic and artistic development of europe. According to the oxford dictionary of celtic mythology, newgrange (brug na bóinne) offered hospitality to countless guests in hundreds of stories 13 newgrange was said to have provided endless supplies of ale, three trees that were always in fruit, and two pigs, one of which was living, the other cooked and ready to eat. Newgrange is the best known irish passage tomb and dates to c3,200bc the large mound is approximately 80m in diameter and is surrounded at its base by a kerb of 97 stones the most impressive of these stones is the highly decorated entrance stone.
In 'symbols in arts, religion, and culture: the soul of nature,' farrin chwalkowski cites isaac (2006) and suggests the triskele is either a celtic or pre-celtic symbol that is found in a variety of irish megalithic and neolithic sites such as the aforementioned newgrange passage tomb. Newgrange is a popular tourist site and, according to the archaeologist colin renfrew, is unhesitatingly regarded by the prehistorian as the great national monument of ireland and as one of the most important megalithic structures in europe. It is unbelievable that the importance of this site to celtic history and legend was not acknowledged by the department, since it is part of a group of very ancient sites in county meath which includes passage mounds, stone circles, burial grounds and cairns at loughcrew, dowth, knowth, carnbane and newgrange. The triskele, like the rest of the art in newgrange, was not merely decorative: it had an important ritual significance triskele are strongly associated with celtic culture they appear in celtic archaeological sites in the north of spain and portugal.
This is one of the great sacred landscapes of the ancient world at its center are a massive passage grave and a stone circle, surrounded by as many as 200 additional stone circles and passage graves arranged in an intricate and mysterious design. Celtic culture is steeped in ancient history and traditions many of these pagan traditions, beliefs, practices and festivals are mentioned in the earliest irish literature and within irish mythology. Things that are mystery and fantasy to the modern world were accepted fact in ancient celtic times - that is, the existence of strange beasts, giants, and little people, and of course the otherworld. History of ireland covers centuries battles, invasions, and other events in the history timeline from the ancient history period to more recent times. Celtic religion on the religious aspect of celtic culture there are problems in reaching a clear description caesar's assessment that in general the celts worshipped the same gods as the romans (under different names) would appear to be an over-simplification.
The triple spiral motif is a neolithic symbol in western europe though popularly considered a celtic symbol, it is in fact a pre-celtic symbol  it is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric newgrange monument in county meath , ireland. Archaeologists classified newgrange as a passage tomb, however newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb ancient temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance. To give you an idea of the multiplicity of tribal societies which were associated with celtic culture, here is a brief guide to the vast array of celtic tribes and clans active in iron age europe during the period 500-55 bce, based on archeological excavations and written accounts by greek/roman historians. The lia fail, the ancient coronation stone of irish kings once housed at tara in co meath is further proof of ireland's importance to adherents of the ancient religion it is said that the stone was taken from ireland to scotland around 513 ad so that fergus may be crowned king of scotland on it.
Newgrange is ancient ireland's best known site it is part of the brú na bóinne complex of neolithic (late stone age) passage tombs on the river boyne near kells and navan, along with the tombs at knowth and dowth. When christianity was introduced to ireland, celtic culture and the new religion became intertwined and with the addition of writing and paper, celtic art had a whole new medium of expression. Newgrange entered celtic mythology as a fairy mound newgrange was the home of the god dagda, his wife boann and their son aonghus the god of love two other mounds of similar size were built in the boyne valley - knowth and dowth. Cuchulainn and the ulster cycle find this pin and more on eire by jessica lee the castlestrange stone at athleague, county roscommon, ireland is one of the few artifacts left of the ancient celtic culture in ireland.
Our small group newgrange tours, travel through ireland's ancient east along the boyne valley, visiting all of these ancient heritage sites, newgrange - monasterboice - hill of tara - hill of slane the boyne valley in county meath is recognised as one of the most important unesco world heritage sites in all of ireland. Newgrange is a neolithic monument located in the region of bru na boinne, county meath, irelandthe name is fairly modern and comes from the 'newer' grange (farm) of the monks of mellifont abbey near drogheda 8 miles (14 km) north. The hill of tara, known as temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in ireland - 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times in ancient irish religion and mythology temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Stonehenge was obviously important but there seems to have been something special about the newgrange site, hence why there's a number of mounds there, and the hill of tara is there too, possibly considered to be the seat of the high king of the islands.
Newgrange, ireland the newgrange monument is located northeastern ireland, and is thought to date back to about 3200 bc the mound, with grass on its roof, rises from a green field and, inside. Older than ancient, these huge stone tables often sit alone, skylining the horizon stone circles, mounds, cairns and celtic crosses carvings on blinding-white quartzite and the inscriptions of an ancient language. Ancient ireland niall of the nine hostages there is a lot of confusion over the life of niall noigiallach as historians have different theories on when he was born, died etc.