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Deflecting to Carrowkeel passage tomb cemetery

Ireland 2008

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large_1297706_14345715699880.jpgIn Roscommon there is a castle ruin you can visit, the outside walls are still there but inside not so much. No entrance fee like most places here in Ireland. Back home they would have put a big fence around it and a ticket stand, here you just have to close the gate (because of the sheep) In Boyle we visited another Abbey, here restoration in process. You get a ticket at the entrance, but again no entrance fee, I guess they just want to know how many visitors they get a day. On billboards you can read all about the history and how the restoration works, explaining the numbers on the bricks (It's just a big jigsaw puzzle)

At Lough Arrow we drove into the mountains, a roadside sign made us curious 'megalithic cemetery'. It was just a small sign and we didn't know what to expect since I hadn't read about it in my guide (turns out there is a small section on it hidden away in lots of text about the area) The road got smaller and smaller and then a gate.large_1297706_1434571615908.jpgBoyle Abbey, The big puzzleA sign on the gate asking to close it behind you (sheep again) told us we could still continue our drive, though I got more and more the idea we were driving on private property but there were no signs telling us so. A bit further up the road there was a small parking area and a sign saying busses could not continue after this point. We were not a bus so we went on. The road was more like a path here but the tire marks in the dirt told us we still were on the right way. On the end of the path again a even smaller parking area and from there we went on foot.

We followed the path up hill to what looks like a light grey pile of stones but it's not, it's the first of a number of passage graves (14 says Wikipedia), three of them are in reasonable state. The first one from the path is the most beautiful of the three. Above the entrance is a light opening and in front of the entrance a keystone, one could maneuver around it and enter the tomb but I only stuck my hand with my camera inside.large_1297706_14345716595992.jpg It's still a grave so it didn't feel alright with me to enter, though a box of matches was placed in a crack near the entrance. The tomb is placed in a way the sun shines inside on the summer Solstice (21th june), I looked it up on the internet. The second and third tomb don't have the 'skylight' above the entrance and at fourth tomb there isn't an entrance to be found, caved in perhaps? Here on top of the hill you can see more tombs shattered around the area but we think we have seen the best preserved ones so we leave it there.

We went on to Drumcliff by Sligo [Sligo-travel-guide-1311086], visited the cemetery where W.B.Yeats is buried. The cemerery also has a beautiful high cross and a nice view on the mountain Ben Bulben. Then Donegal, again to late to visit the castle. We found a nice B&B near Killybegs


Posted by Stefmuts 03:36 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes mountains nature tomb megalithic

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