Ballymascanlon House, Co. Louth
This site may be unique in Ireland as the only ancient monument likely to hide a golf ball hit into the rough. It is situated just off the sixth hole at the Ballymascanlon House Hotel golf course.
Termon, Co. Donegal
The Rock of Doon is a craggy eminence with a storied past and a glorious panoramic view. On its flat summit there was reputed to be an inauguration ceremony in which the tribal leader was joined symbolically with the powers of nature during a brutal pagan rite.
Kildare, Co. Kildare
In a churchyard that has seen its great cathedral rise from ruin many times in its 1500 year history sit two stone structures which can be seen as the yin and yang of Irish architecture: a pagan fire temple and an early-Christian round tower.
Blacklion, Co. Cavan
The ruins of the church at Killinagh, with its adjacent holy well and ruined prehistoric tomb, have long appeared to be a place with deep pre-Christian associations. This is nowhere more evident than at the large boulder known as St. Brigid’s Cursing Stone.
Portaferry, Co. Down
This monument, known locally as “Tara Fort,” sits on a prominent hilltop southeast of Portaferry, on Northern Ireland’s Ards Peninsula. Thomas McKeating claimed that "these fairies were supposed to be seen sittin’ underneath a tree, singin’ and playin’ their music."
Dingle, Co. Kerry
You can still feel the community pack
This place: it’s like going into a turfstack,
A core of old dark walled up with stone
A yard thick…
“In Gallarus Oratory,” 1969
Castlewellan, Co. Down
When a man-made structure has been a distinctive part of the local landscape for perhaps 4,500 years, it has earned its iconic status. The abstract qualities of this tomb make it stand out against the sky as a sculptural object, quite apart from the evocative power of its purpose and meaning.
Cushendall, Co. Antrim
This tomb was known as “Cloughbrack” on early maps. It is unclear when it became connected with Ossian and the effort to reclaim Ireland’s ancient folkloric patrimony from the fabrications of an upstart Scotsman.
Myths and Megaliths
The ancient Irish made their mark on the land with great stone and earthen structures. The legends that developed were thought to be among the earliest voices from the dawn of western civilization.