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AGHADE HOLED STONE
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Aghade Holed Stone, ‘Gallan Pollta Ath Fhad’, (the Ford of Fad) is a large, prehistoric
granite slab, standing at an angle & propped up and measures 2.4m in height, 1.56m in
width & 0.45m in depth, with a small circular hole 0.32m in diameter near the top,
used to mark a burial or land boundary & was erected in the early Bronze Age, 2000-
1600 BC. It may once have formed the seal or blocking stone for a megalithic tomb in
the Neolithic period and may have been used to pass food through to the dead after the
grave had been closed. Tradition says that the stone was later used around 400 AD by
the High King of Ireland, Niall Noígíallach of the Nine Hostages ( 378-405 ), son of
Eochaid Mugmedón, who was the 5th century ancestor of the Ui Neill Kings of Tara &
father of King Lóegaire, the adversary of Saint Patrick. It is said that he tied Eochaid,
son of Énnae Cennsalach, king of Leinster, to it by passing a chain through the hole.
But Eochaid broke the chain and revenged himself by slaying the nine warriors whom
Niall had sent to kill him. Niall is killed by an arrow shot by Eochaid from the other
side of the valley in Scotland 5 years later and his body is said to have been buried in a
cave at Ochann, now called Faughan Hill, Jordanstown, west of Navan in County
Meath. As late as the 18th century, sick children were passed through the hole as a
cure for ill-health and a long & healthy life.
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