Monday, 4 April 2016

The Great Silver Yoke of the Boyne turns south at Townleyhall, overlooked by this wonderful viewing point



I wonder how many people throughout history might have viewed the mighty sweeping bend of the Boyne as she turns southwards at Oldbridge/Townleyhall from this great vantage point.  There is a pathway that leads up through the Townleyhall woods and suddenly you are on this precipitous edge, looking down over the dramatic curving Boyne. Its westward path is suddenly forced to the south, and then around to the southeast, as it heads for its magnificent sweep around the Brug na Bóinne monuments. Until the introduction of salmon weirs on the Boyne, the river was tidal at this point and further south. Here is a passage about the Boyne from the Metrical Dindshenchas:
From the bounds of goodly Meath
till she reaches the sea's green floor
she is called the Great Silver Yoke
and the White Marrow of Fedlimid.
Read more from the Dindshenchas here.

Not too far from this point are mounds which might have been part of the Brú na Bóinne complex. The area shown in the photo is highlighted in the top right corner of the Mythical Ireland Boyne Valley interactive map below:


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