The lighting of a fire seems trivial to us but at the time it was equivalent to declaring war on the Druids
and their pagan beliefs and war against the King of Ireland. That small act of starting a fire was a turning point in St. Patrick's life
and in the history of Ireland.
The Hill of Slane is where Saint Patrick (foreground above) confronted Laoghaire (pronounced Leary) , the High King of Tara and all Ireland.
Patrick lit the Easter fire contrary to the Druidic law, and changed the spiritual landscape of Ireland forever.
Bí thusa mo shúile a Rí mhór na ndúil
Bí Thusa mo threorú i mbriathar is i mbeart
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word
Be thou my battleshield, sword for the fight
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise
High King of heaven, after victory won