51O'Sullivan, Aidan and Jonathan Kinsella. "Living by a sacred landscape: interpreting the early medieval archaeology of the Hill of Tara and its environs, AD 400-1100.". In: Tara: From the Past to the Future: Towards a New Research Agenda. Edited by Muiris O'Sullivan et. al. Wordwell, 2013, p. 363.

The National Monuments Service sign at the entrance to the Hill of Tara contains this panel on the "Banquet Hall:"
"Ceremonial avenue (3000 BC?) and royal inauguration monument (? -AD 600). The Banquet Hall, located to the north of the Rath of the Synods, is a sunken linear avenue that may have originated as a Neolithic ceremonial monument. It is likely that it was subsequently used in the rituals surrounding the inauguration of the Kings of Tara. The site has not been excavated and its exact purpose and age are uncertain, but its parallel earthen banks and its great size, over 200m long, accord well with a religious monument of early prehistory known as a cursus. Cursus monuments were ceremonial processional avenues; although rare in Ireland, they are relatively common in southern Britain. The Banquet Hall is well suited for processions and may have been used for such in the inauguration rituals for the kings of Tara. Gaps in the embankments on either side afford glimpses of surrounding monuments and important burial sites, linking the investiture of the kings to the ancestors. When the Banquet Hall was in use its southern end was blocked by the fosse of an enormous oval open-air enclosure, a henge, that centred on the Rath of the Synods. This monument was unexpectedly discovered when the area was surveyed by archaeologists in 1999."