All that legend making surely attached itself to this obvious burial mound in Ireland. Makes a great story at least to sell tickets and yet another source of legend making.
At least Boadicea had humbled Romans around to write her up. Ireland was far more important during the Bronze Age than is understood possible when our own history is colored by a thousand years of English Norman rule and continuing conflict. The Bronze age made it a swing country for the great circle copper route from Bimini to Lewis and the Mediterranean.
Meadb's cairn at the summit of Knocknarea. ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )
Legends say Queen Medb was a warrior queen. ( Michelle Hunt )
Maeve’s themes are fairies, magic, protection, leadership, and justice (law). Her symbols are birds and gold. As the Fairy Queen, Maeve oversees today’s merrymaking among the citizens of fey during their Fairy Gatherings. She also attends to human affairs by providing protection, wise leadership and prudent conventions. Works of art depict Maeve with golden birds on Her shoulders, whispering magical knowledge into Her ear. Near the beginning of May, the wee folk of Ireland come out of hiding for a grand celebration of spring. If you don’t want Maeve and the citizens of fey to pull pranks on you today, take precautions, as the Europeans do: avoid traveling, put a piece of clothing on inside-out, wear something red, and leave the fairy folk an offering of sweet bread, honey or ale. In some cases, this will please the fairies so much that they will offer to perform a service or leave you a gift in return!'
Furbaide readies his sling, from T. W. Rolleston's Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race, 1911 (illustration by Stephen Reid). ( Public Domain )
Queen Maev. ( Public Domain )
News in local magazines suggests that the popularity of Knocknarea has brought the site to the edge of destruction. The devastation of the hill has become immense, so officials want to protect it by limiting the possible number of tourists who visit the fairy queen’s tomb.
Finally, if you would like to see the work of the deceased fairy queen for yourself, Patricia Telesco suggests you use a spell to call Maeve:
It is unknown if someone has really met her spirit, but many people claim that the site where she is said to be buried is perfumed with the fragrance of magic.Take a piece of white bread and toast it until it’s golden brown. Scratch into the bread a word or phrase representing your goal (for example, if raises at work haven’t been given fairly, write the words ‘work’ and ‘raises’). Distribute the crumbs from this to the birds so they can convey your need directly to Maeve’s ears.
Queen Maeve and the Druid. ( Public Domain )
By Natalia Klimczak
Knocknarea Queen Maeve Trail, available at: http://www.sligowalks.ie/?pagid=knocknarea-queen-maeve-trail&menu1_topicid=0
Knocknarea, available at: http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/irelandknocknarea.htm
Telesco P., 65 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess, 1998.
Truhart P., Regents of Nations. Systematic Chronology of States and Their Political Representatives in Past and Present. A Biographical Reference Book, Part 1: Antiquity Worldwide,2000.
Thousands of feet are destroying our heritage. By Tamlyn O’Driscoll, Archaeologist, available at: