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rath(rä, räth), circular hill fort protected by earthworks, used by the ancient Irish in the pre-Christian era as a retreat in time of danger. Some of the larger raths, such as that at TaraTara
, village, Co. Meath, E Republic of Ireland. The Hill of Tara (507 ft/155 m high) was the seat of the high kings of Ireland from ancient times until the 6th cent. and may have been the site of religious ceremonies in prehistoric times. A statue of St.
..... Click the link for more information. , were important in early Irish history and were used by chieftains or kings. Many raths remain throughout Ireland.
A primitive fort in Ireland, many of which still exist today; the defensive structure includes ramparts of stone or earth as well as some rudimentary form of housing.