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Commitment and hard work – Cloghanmore – Court Tomb – Donegal

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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

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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

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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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Where Glaciers meet Ancient Tombs – Carrowkeel, Sligo

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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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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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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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