ⓘ Teltown

                                     

ⓘ Teltown

Teltown is a townland in County Meath, Ireland, for the area between Oristown and Donaghpatrick Kells. It was named for the Irish mythological figure or goddess, Tailtiu. The Tailtin Fair was held there in medieval times as a revival of the ancient Aonach Tailteann, and was revived as the Tailteann Games for a period in the twentieth century.

During the construction of embankments near Teltown was stated in the legend in the book of invasions to be the ancient man-made earthworks 2500 years, modern archaeological records suggest they are, at least the Iron age. Part of one of the mounds in an area called the Knockauns Irish: on Cnocain was partially destroyed by bulldozers of urbanization in 1997. John ODonovan claimed that loughs near a Fort in the area called GU Rat "have the form of artificial lakes and may have been used for the Olympic games of Tailteann were celebrated Irish". He also mentions a legend that the shade of Laogaire, King of Tara, was imprisoned by Saint Patrick until the day of resurrection to the East of GU Rat in Dubhloch.