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The monks who were engineers – Nendrum monastic site

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Nendrum monastic site - Sun Dial

There are some wonderful Irish focused blogs. Maybe we need an official directory of high standard personal blogs pertaining to the island. This one is a charm – rmchapple.blogspot.com by archaeologist Robert M Chapple, which contains a wide variety of engaging topics. I certainly will not be trying to compete with someone who keeps a catalogue…

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Audleystown Cairn

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Audleystown Cairn

Audleystown Court Cairn is a dual court grave situated near the south shore of Strangford Lough, north-west of Castle Ward, 1.75 miles from Strangford village in County Down. It contained human and animal remains, as well as pottery and flint implements.

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Ballylumford Dolmen

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Ballylumford Dolmen

How many dolmens once existed? Is it a miracle that any have survived? Perhaps we underestimate conservation motives of the hundreds of generations of our ancestors who saved these monuments from destruction? Or perhaps we overestimate them?

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Ringneill Quay

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Ringneill Quay

Ringneill is a promontory enclosed on three sides by Strangford Lough. There is a causeway to Reagh Island and to the early monastery of Nendrum on Mahee Island.  The area around Ringneill Quay was once a busy place. Fishing boats on Strangford Lough anchored here, and a thousand years before we would have seen Vikings. Ringneill…

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Ballynoe Stone Circle

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The Ballynoe Stone circle was not built for the selfie-inclined tourist. The site is found on an average Ulster farm, not unlike that where I grew up. The view is less impressive than that from other prehistoric sites. The people whose final remains were interred in this site were not adamant about having an eternal…

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Bremore – Possible Passage Tombs

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In Bremore there are five mounds – presumably passage tombs – the largest is three metres high. It is 25 metres in diameter. It is near the River Delvin References https://bremore.blogspot.ie/ http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=18219 photo: https://www.panoramio.com/photo/3735420    

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Lambay Axe Factory

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Lambay Island was a Neolithic axe factory. As well as stones being quarried here, they were also carved into “roughs” – and brought elsewhere for finishing. Between 1993-2001, there was a search in a valley on the western end of Lambay Island to search for evidence of the working of porphyritic andesite (porphyry) for stone axe…

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Balrothery – Standing Stone

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It is a surreal mix of Celtic Tiger housing, an IRA hunger striker, and an ancient stone.

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Laughanstown, Wedge Tomb

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The Wedge Tomb in Laughanstown is about 50 metres from the junction of the M50 and Cherrywood. This once stood on high ground with great views to the south but the new road is 30 metres higher so the view is no longer clear     References http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/1664/laughanstown.html  

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