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.
Tullow, Co. Wicklow
The nineteenth century blarney depicted by travel writers in Ireland has not gone out of style. In June of 1979 our informants delighted in the competitive spirit, each trying to outdo the other in spinning the more outrageous tale of the Ring of the Rath.
Killinaboy, Co. Clare
Paul Keane explains what happened to someone who attempted to remove stones from the tomb. “He went home, and he went into bed, and he never got up ’til he died. And he died several times.”
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.
Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal
The Turas is a religious procession that visits 15 different stations in the hills and valleys of this stunningly beautiful spot at the western edge of Co. Donegal. Some of the stations may have been associated with pre-Christian practices.
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.
Inishmurray, Co. Sligo
Today a visitor on a day trip from Mullaghmore might be tempted to idealize life on this small island. But the story of Inishmurray is a tale of two communities, each now deserted, each in its own era confronting great challenges.
Cullamore, Co. Tyrone
Altadaven Glen, the light-dappled dreamscape location of St. Patrick’s Chair and Well, seems like a small patch of fern-filled rain forest magically dropped into Co. Tyrone.
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.