Mullaghmast Elevation 587 ft (179 m) Translation Broad crown (summit) of Maistiu (Irish language) Location Location County Kildare, Ireland Coordinates
Mullaghmast (Irish: Mullach Maistín), is a hill in the south of County Kildare, Leinster, near the village of Ballitore. It was an important site in prehistory, in early history and again in more recent times. It is classed as a National Monument by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
Legend and prehistory
The Metrical Dindshenchas, or Lore of Places, a Middle Irish collection of poetry purporting to explain the origins of Irish place names, claims that Mullaghmast is named for Maistiu, wife of Dáire Derg, who was killed by the sorcery of the malicious faery Gris, who was in turned killed by Dáire Derg.
A standing stone from Mullaghmast, decorated with a triskele, thought to belong to the very end of the prehistoric period, or perhaps to the early Christian period, is now in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.
From the Annals of the Four Masters:
- M1577.14. A horrible and abominable act of treachery was committed by the English of Leinster and Meath upon that part of the people of Offally and Leix that remained in confederacy with them, and under their protection. It was effected thus: they were all summoned to shew themselves, with the greatest number they could be able to bring with them, at the great rath of Mullach-Maistean; and on their arrival at that place they were surrounded on every side by four lines of soldiers and cavalry, who proceeded to shoot and slaughter them without mercy, so that not a single individual escaped, by flight or force.
Daniel O'Connell 1 October 1843 "a large number, to wit 100,000" present
- St Laurence's GAA is based in the parish of Narraghmore, encompassing Kilmeade, Booley, Narraghmore, Calverstown, Kilgowan, Brewel, Ballymount, Ballitore and Mullaghmast.
- Gwynn, Edward (1906), The Metrical Dindshenchas, 3, Dublin, pp. 135–139, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T106500C/index.html, retrieved 2003-08-13
- Lennon, Colm (1994), Sixteenth Century Ireland: The Incomplete Conquest, New Gill History of Ireland, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, ISBN 0-7171-3947-6
- MacKillop, James (1998), Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-860967-1
- Mytum, Harold (1992), The Origins of Early Christian Ireland, London: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-03258-X
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Massacre of Mullaghmast — The Massacre of Mullaghmast (Irish: Ár Mhullach Mhaistín) refers to the summary execution of Irish chieftains by the British military in Ireland. It probably occurred in the year 1578. There is limited surviving documentation on the massacre,… … Wikipedia
1578 in Ireland — Events* Massacre of Mullaghmast the English finally subdued the O’Moore clan by massacring most of their fine (or ruling families) at Mullaghmast in County Laois, having invited them there for peace talks.Deaths* Rory Óg Ó Moore, the leader of… … Wikipedia
Daniel O'Connell — For other people named Daniel O Connell, see Daniel O Connell (disambiguation). Daniel O Connell Dónal Ó Conaill Daniel O Connell, 1836 – by Bernard Mulrenin MP for Clare … Wikipedia
Lorcán Ua Tuathail — St. Laurence O Toole Born 1128 Castledermot, Kildare, Ireland … Wikipedia
Lóegaire mac Néill — Ard Rí Lóegaire from a stained glass window in the National Maritime Museum Lóegaire (floruit fifth century) (died c. 462), also Lóeguire, is said to have been a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The Irish annals and king lists include him as a… … Wikipedia
Plantations of Ireland — The traditional counties of Ireland subjected to plantations (1556 to 1620). Note that this map is a simplified one, as in the case of some counties the area of land colonised did not cover the whole of the area coloured … Wikipedia
O'Lawlor — also known as Lawlor, Lawler, and Lalor is an Irish surname belonging to one of the Seven Septs of Laois. The Gaelic family name now most frequently found in English as Lawlor was Ó Leathlobhair. The earliest historical record now extant tells us … Wikipedia
History of County Kildare — County Kildare, Ireland was first defined as a diocese in 1111, shired in 1297 and assumed its present borders in 1836. Its location in the Liffey basin on the main routes to the south and west meant it was a valuable possession and important… … Wikipedia
Uí Dúnlainge — The Uí Dúnlainge, from the Old Irish grandsons of Dúnlaing , were an Irish dynasty of Leinster kings who traced their descent from Dúnlaing mac Énda Niada. He was said to be a cousin of Énnae Cennsalach, eponymous ancestor of the rival Uí… … Wikipedia
St Laurence's GAA — Infobox GAA club club gaa = St Laurence s GAA crest = irish = Naomh Lorcan county = Kildare nickname = club colours = Gold and Red grounds = Old Grange honours = founded = Adult teams = Youth teams = Manager = ladies football = camogie = pattern… … Wikipedia