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The Year of the French – When the French came to Sligo 6,000 years ago

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Carrowmore is found in a unique piece of geography, the Cuil Irra (Coolrea) peninsula, a triangle of land bounded by water on three sides. Ballisodare Bay lies to the south, the Atlantic ocean to the west and Sligo Bay to the north. Lough Gill is to the east beyond Carns Hill, connected to the sea…

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Bryn Celli Ddu – A Chamber in Three Acts

in Ancient Symbols/Fresh/Prehistoric
Bryn Celli Ddu

Bryn Celli Ddu is one of the finest passage tombs in Wales. Indeed it is both a passage and burial chamber, buried under a mound. It is only a boat and bike trip from Dublin, and this makes me wonder about the people who built it. 

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Grianan of Aileach – How to avoid the nostalgia of authenticity

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Grianan of Aileach, Donegal

Discovering the Grianan of Aileach was a shock. Why had this impressive and beautiful structure failed to knock on the door of my general knowledge? There it curved in front of me, so extraordinarily well preserved. What a mystery! Yet a small amount of research later revealed some of the reasons why this site has…

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Commitment and hard work – Cloghanmore – Court Tomb – Donegal

in Ancient Symbols/Fresh/Prehistoric
Cloghanmore Court Tomb

Now in the soggy remains of a bog the court tomb in Cloghanmore may have been built originally in good agricultural land. 

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Endurance and nice flowers – The Standing Stone of Cushendun Caravan Park

in Fresh/Prehistoric

This one is subtle. It looks like a big decorative slab. Nothing fancy and yet it is an ancient standing stone. Something precious in an environment which is somewhat less subtle.

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Where did the first megaliths emerge? Ancient sea-faring might be the key

in Boats/Fresh/Prehistoric/Science and Geography

Thousands of megaliths, such as Newgrange and Stonehenge, are found throughout Europe. Where were the first of these built? Bettina Schulz Paulsson of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden analysed the dates from over 2000 megaliths in Europe, and has made a suggestion where these were first built.

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Kilclooney Dolmen – A tale of two tombs

in Fresh/Prehistoric

At Kilclooney near Ardara in Donegal there are three portal tombs and the remains of a court tomb. The famous Dolmen has a capstone 6 metres long. Close to this dolmen is a much smaller collapsed portal tomb.

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A Flock of Sheep Islands – Connecting Hibernia with Combs

in Etymology/Fresh/Prehistoric

Sheep Island is an island off the north coast of Ireland in County Antrim. But it is not the only Sheep Island around. …

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Where Glaciers meet Ancient Tombs – Carrowkeel, Sligo

in Fresh/Geology/Prehistoric

Carrowkeel is located near Lough Arrow, overlooking the village of Castlebaldwin. While famed for its neolithic sites, it is also a great example of glaciation.

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Ossian’s Grave, Cushendall – Reclaiming heroes

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Ossian's Grave - megalithic court cairn - Cushendall

The excellent blog offers an interesting insight into a literary sensation of the 1760’s.  James Macpherson claimed that a series of books including “Fingal, a Poem in Six Books” were merely a translation of a third century poet called Ossian. But he was less forthcoming when asked to present these ancient manuscripts. 

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