What did happen to the those who lived at the time of the Grianan of Aileach ? And what roles did they play? Were they Druids and Magicians, Princes and Warriors.perhaps? The very Elite of Society? According to Ptolemy’s 2nd century map of the world, from the 5th to 12th century AD, Aileach served as the royal seat of the Ui Neill dynasty.which extended from Tyrone to Donegal. Its listed as being destroyed in 1101 by Murtagh O’Brien. He ordered many of the stones removed so as to reduce the royal cashel to ruins.. It was re-built sometime in the 19th century based on the pattern of the stones left standing based on the design of other ring-forts all over Ireland.
Why did the Irish build Grianan of Aileach in the first place? It may have been for Pagan Rituals, perhaps even Sacrificing or it may have been an observatory to watch the stars. I prefer to think it was a type of ancient castle, a base for the Royal Elite. Continue reading