Queen Maeve’s grave.

By Naoise Golden

October 15, 2005

Category: Ireland

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Sheep flock on the path to Queen Maeve’s grave in Knocknarea, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

It’s the closest thing I’ve done to pilgrimage. Climbing Knocknarea has something of trascendental as you carry a stone from the foot to the top and contribute to bury deeper -or honour, depends on who you ask- mythical Iron Age Queen Maeve. The 45-minute walk displays a range of sights and sensations: cows and sheep roam the green hillside, passing-by tourists greet you with a nod and, as you make the top, the Irish landscape displays itself, cloudy, the pinkish fields and the low hills in the distance, the smell of turf.


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