||Re: King Macha 533-519 BC
||Macha in Ireland (guest, 22.214.171.124)
||March 22, 2010 at 4:34:37 PM
||Re: King Macha 533-519 BC by Jim Young
The name "Armagh" derives from the Irish word Ard meaning "height" and Macha, together meaning "height (or high place) of Macha". Macha was a legendary figure described both as one of the Goddesses of Celtic mythology and sole High Queen of Ireland among the line of kings. Macha is mentioned in the Book of the Taking of Ireland, and is also said to have been responsible for the construction of the hill site of Emain Macha (now Navan Fort near Armagh City) to serve as the capital of the Ulaid kings (who give their name to Ulster), also thought to be Macha's height. Navan Fort was supposedly founded by the goddess Macha in the 5th or 7th century BC.Although called a "fort", it is considered more likely to have been a pagan ritual or ceremonial site.
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