Burren Forest Park, Co. Cavan
Known as “The Druid’s Altar,” for the legendary bloody sacrifices it was reputed to have witnessed, and as the “The Calf House,” for its use as an animal shelter in the historic era, this portal tomb is located within Co. Cavan’s Burren Forest Park.
Glandore, Co. Cork
Drombeg presides over a view that gently swoops down to the Atlantic a mile distant. Its organically sculpted, honey-colored stones form a circle that seems unlikely to be associated with the dying victims of human sacrifice.
Hollywood, Co. Wicklow
The green Wicklow Hills setting provides a serene background for this sad tale of merriment gone wrong, the piper and his dancers suddenly turned into blocks of stone because they were dancing on the Sabbath Day.
Rathmore, Co. Kerry
"When you stand in the middle of the Cathair you get great feeling of satisfaction that you’re standing here on one of the most ancient places on earth.There is no place in Western Europe more ancient, functioning the same length of time, as Cromlech Cathair Crobh Dearg. " (Dan Cronin)
Burt, Co. Donegal
Bus loads of schoolchildren drive up the winding road where the Grianán of Aileach dominates the summit. As the youngsters disperse to explore the fort they may not realize that it was actually assembled in 1837 from a disorganized jumble of stones.
Achill Island, Co. Mayo
All ancient monuments carry within their stones a poignant reminder of the lives of long-departed people. However the stones of Keel East sit adjacent to an even starker memento of life gone by: an entire deserted village.
Fermoy, Co. Cork
A tumbled pile of stone now seems a secondary feature to the large illuminated Christian cross on the summit of Corrin Hill. But these stones formed the cairn atop two Bronze Age burial cists. In legend, this cairn was built by the Hag of Beare to hold the remains of the husband she murdered.
Sneem, Co. Kerry
The local peasantry called the building Staig an air, which was translated as “Windy House, or “The Staired Place of Slaughter.” It was said to be either a temple or an observatory, and has been attributed to other ancient cultures—Druids, Phoenicians, and Danes.
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.