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Dún na Sciath


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[Ir., Fortress of Shields].

The most important instance of this widely occurring early place-name is identified with a surviving circular hill-fort on the western shore of Lough Ennell near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. In the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions] it is associated with Anind, son of Nemed, who was said to flood the lake from his grave. After the abandonment of Tara it became one of the residences of the ard rí [high king].

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