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photoblog image The "Stone of Destiny"

The "Stone of Destiny"

 

On the Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland.  The early kings of Ireland are said to have been inaugurated here, touching the stone during the ceremony.  The distant horizon lends credence to the suggestion that something like sixteen of Ireland's thirty-two counties can be seen from the top of the hill on a fiine day, and, as you see, it was a fine day!

 

 

The "Stone of Destiny"

 

On the Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland.  The early kings of Ireland are said to have been inaugurated here, touching the stone during the ceremony.  The distant horizon lends credence to the suggestion that something like sixteen of Ireland's thirty-two counties can be seen from the top of the hill on a fiine day, and, as you see, it was a fine day!

 

 

comments (16)

it is some big phallic symbol Tom...
i see where you could see sixteen counties from this site...
great composition....petersmile
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Peter!
I dread to think what Ray will make of this, Peter....smile But I will go with what you say, good shot of an interesting place.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank - Ray turns out to be rather restrained smile
A gorgeous day! I'd like to say I'd seen sixteen counties from one spot - how cool is that?!
Tom Wilson: It's a tremendous view from a not very high hill!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2015, 06:45
Well I hope you touched the stone to ensure your own destiny Tom
Tom Wilson: I figure my destiny is now somewhat in the past, Chris smile
  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 24 Jul 2015, 07:53
I'll try to not scare Fearful Frank, Tom.

It may be a well worn Maypole...

But...if it was a shrine of sorts, and used in the anointment of Kings in olden times, then I would guess it was a phallic icon...and good on it for being so.
Tom Wilson: It certainly seems so, Ray. A certain amount of amusement was evident among the American ladies on the tour smile
I will take their word for it. I will also refrain from adding to the other observation.....
Tom Wilson: A very restrained response, Bill smile
A very historic place Tom, even in relatively modern times. I was here two years ago.
Tom Wilson: Yes, indeed - a place of history from very early times.
What a view Tom! Lovely composition too.
Tom Wilson: Yes, it was a good day for the visit - thanks, Richard.
what a great and wide view
Tom Wilson: Amazing, isn't it!?
What a fine place to be, Tom. On a fine day you can see forever. Songs are written about such things.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Mary - it was a great day out.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 24 Jul 2015, 10:07
Some view, Tom
Tom Wilson: No wonder they picked it for ceremonial purposes!
It looks well placed there Tom. Lovely view
Tom Wilson: They certainly picked their spot smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jul 2015, 14:43
Ireland fascinates me, for many reasons. Their history being the larger part of my interest. From their history, one of the concepts is that they had kings - plural. And because of this they sometimes had an Ard Ri (high king). In my opinion, a nation can have only one king - the sovereign ruler. The next level of royalty would be earls or sometimes princes. With my limited knowledge of royalty (living in a democratic republic) I can get confused by so many kings.
Tom Wilson: I think, Louis, that the so-callled "kings" were actually more like tribal chiefs - the heads of clans occupying particular territories and, often, warring among themselves. As you might expect, Wikipedia has an interesting article on the subject (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_High_Kings_of_Ireland) casting doubt on the notion of the "High King" smile
Indeed a fine day for this shot.
Tom Wilson: This being Ireland, I got lucky smile
I like the scenery in the far distance and you really placed the stone in a great position Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian.
  • Hollie
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2015, 21:31
What a great place for a picture!

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