Irish Raths

RATH.—This term applies to the mound on which a royal residence or that of a chief was situated. Thus we have Rath-na-Riogh, Rath Grainae, Rath Laghaire, all seats of royalty; also Rath of Doon Patrick, another royal residence; Naas Rath, seat of Kings of Leinster.

Dr. Joyce states that 1,100 townlands commence their names with the prefix rath or ra.

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