Tara

Modern scholars do not think that Tara was a court where the High Kings of Ireland lived, but a sacred royal site where the king would come for occasions of special significance. Tara's importance was emphasized by the O'Neills when they claimed the High Kingship in the era of Saint Patrick. The site and its significance form a key part of the story in the 'Tara' chapter of the first book of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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