Archive for 'Portal Tombs'

Proleek Dolmen

Proleek Dolmen

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.

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone Dolmen

The Burren, Co. Clare
This exquisitely-proportioned monument sits just off a main tourist route, its spacious new parking area accommodating dozens of buses disgorging daily many hundreds of their polyglot passengers. Some arrive sadly misinformed.

Howth Dolmen

Howth Dolmen

Howth, Co. Dublin
Nineteenth-century antiquarian Samuel Ferguson believed it to be the grave of the legendary Aideen, who died of grief when her husband Oscar was slain in battle. Ferguson commemorated the site in his lavishly illuminated poetic work, The Cromlech on Howth.

Rostellan Dolmen

Rostellan Dolmen

Rostellan, Co. Cork
Nearly submerged by the tide, the Rostellan Dolmen is the only example of such a “Diarmuid and GrĂ¡inne’s Bed” to wear a garland of seaweed. In legend, Diarmuid placed seaweed on a sheltering dolmen to protect his lover and himself from Fionn’s magic vision.

The Calf House, or Druid’s Altar

The Calf House, or Druid’s Altar

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.

Baslicon Dolmen

Baslicon Dolmen

Waterville, Co. Kerry
This low monument south of Waterville is said to be the grave of Fial, a woman of the invading tribe who died from an excess of modesty.

Ballina Dolmen (Dolmen of the Four Maols)

Ballina Dolmen (Dolmen of the Four Maols)

Ballina, Co. Mayo
It is tantalizing for the modern visitor to imagine that within the folklore surrounding a particular prehistoric monument somehow, through the millennia, there remains an echo of the individual interred there. That is the case here.

Legananny Dolmen

Legananny Dolmen

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.

Kilclooney Dolmen

Kilclooney Dolmen

Portnoo, Co. Donegal
This dolmen is a monumental shape-shifter, suggesting visual allusions, or acting as a megalithic Rorschach Test. People have described it as resembling a whale, a dolphin, an alligator, a fish, and the Concorde jet. Here you can view it from every angle and decide for yourself.


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