81Carew, Mairéad. Tara and the Ark of the Covenant: A Search for the Ark of the Covenant by British Israelites on the Hill of Tara (1899-1902). Dublin: Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy, 2003, p. 79.

On January 5, 1901 the United Irishman published Maud Gonne's account of a visionary experience she said she experienced on the Hill of Tara.
"The wind blew wildly and with a sobbing sound among the fir trees, and I seemed to see shuddering, misty forms gazing curiously at us. A weird procession wound round the great raths where the palaces had stood. Some tossed white arms as they moved in rhythmic circles, and was it the sound of the wind among the trees, or was it the echo from the harp, held high in the air by the leader of the shadowy dance--Tara, Tara of the Kings, desolation."

And again on January 19: "From the long, long banqueting hall, which seemed full of moving forms, as the wind rushed over the tremulous grass, came one, who was tall and fair, and very beautiful. Her white garments trailed on the grass like mist, and her hair had the soft faint light of stars. In her hands she bore a golden crown with high points. She stood between two thorn trees, which bended themselves into an arch above her; she did not mingle with the wild dance of desolation. Behind her was a multitude, yet she seemed alone. 'Tara, Tara of the Kings shall be free' and she lifted the crown on high;'but first the river of blood shall flow.Those who will serve me must accept the sacrifice." (p. 98)

Gonne's visions may have been influenced by her membership, along with W.B. Yeats, in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.