Bronze Age 2500 b.c – 600 b.c

Bronze Age 2500 b.c – 600 b.c

New technologies introduced. Ireland rich with gold and copper deposits became ‘experts’ in copper, bronze & gold. Beaker pottery introduced as status symbol from continent. Burial sites developed from communal to individual graves. Better farming methods lead to larger homesteads.

Monuments from this general period include…Hill forts, Stone Alignments, Standing Stones, Stone Circles, Fulachtai Fia (burnt mounds for cooking, brewing, steaming, heating, textile production).

One of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland located in a town

Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare town. County Kerry      c.2500-1000 b.c This stone circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare town. It is locally known as the 'The Shrubberies' and is [...]

Original bronze age tomb surrounded by an Iron age stone circle

This National Monument is The Clogherny Wedge Tomb located near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It dates from approx c.2500 b.c and sits in a sparse exposed glaciated valley. It still has it's large [...]

Remains of an atmospheric wedge tomb overlooking Dublin Bay

The Kilmashogue Wedge Tomb is located half way up the Dublin Mountains near the car park of the Kilmashogue Recreation Area. The tomb dates from about 2000 b.c and would have originally been much larger [...]

Elaborate standing stone with cup marks, swirls and zig zags

The Ardmore Gallen Stone, Muff. County Donegal     c. 1500 – 500 b. c. The Ardmore Gallen Stone stands in a field near the village of Muff in county Donegal. More than 10,000 standing stones have [...]

Discovered in 1941, Dragons Teeth and 1269 tiny standing stones!

The mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles are located near Cookstown in co. Tyrone, They date to approx 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c. The stones were uncovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s. It is made up [...]

Cúchulainn’s Stone

Cúchulainn's Stone (Clochafarmore) is located near the village of Knockbridge in co.Louth. It may date to anytime between 1000 b.c - 500 a.d. According to legend, the mortally wounded Cúchulainn bound himself to this 10 [...]

Super rich historic Island off north county Dublin

Lambay lies 4km off the north County Dublin coast and is the eastern most point of Ireland. In the Neolithic period it was used as a production site for axes from the quarrying stage right through [...]

Strange stone carvings on an international pilgrimage route

The Clonfinlough Stone is located near the village of Clonfinlough in co.Offaly. This national monument has mysterious carvings which may date from anytime between c.1000 b.c and 1400 a.d. The stone is 10 foot x [...]

The oldest ancient structure in Dublin City and the smallest ‘dolmen’ in Ireland

Knockmaree Dolmen is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It dates from approx 3000 b.c > 1700 b.c and is probably the oldest monument near the city and possibly the smallest ‘dolmen’ structure in [...]

One of Ireland’s finest wedge tombs, An altar, A holy well & A forest frozen in time

Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located in Cregganbaun in co.Mayo. This national monument is regarded as one of the finest wedge tombs in Ireland, so called because of its shape, wider and higher at the entrance [...]

An early stone circle in a beautiful location in north Donegal

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. County Donegal   2500 b. c.  – 1500 b. c. The Bocan Stone Circle is a located about a mile outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles [...]

A cairn, A passage tomb, Fairies & Views

This cairn is a collapsed passage tomb and is often referred to as Fairy Castle. It sits at the highest point of 'The Dublin Mountains' at an altitude of 1,740 feet beside a trig point [...]

Brehon Law, A Druids’ Table & An ancient passage tomb

Brehon's Chair is located in Rathfarnham in south county Dublin. These granite stones were probably used for a number of purposes over the last few thousand years and had astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance. [...]

The tallest and most elegant standing stone in Ireland

Punchestown Longstone, Punchestown. County Kildare      c. 1500 – 500 b. c. The Punchestown Long Stone is located near the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in county Kildare. This national monument is the tallest and one [...]

A quartz standing stone, Queen Maeve & Beaker pottery

Glencullen Standing Stone is now located on a golf course in the village of Glencullen in south Dublin. Standing stones or 'mehirs' are usually difficult to date but it is sometimes possible when a particular [...]

One of Ireland’s finest wedge tombs

The Ballyedmunduff Wedge Tomb is located in the forest on the Glencullen side of the Dublin Mountains. This national monument is considered to be one of the finest examples of a wedge tomb in Ireland. [...]

A burial tomb, a boundary marker or a scratching post for a friendly cow ?

The Craddockstown West Longstone is a national monument and is located facing the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in co.Kildare. It is hugely elegant and stands 15 feet high. There are a number of Long [...]

One of the largest, earliest and most beautiful stone circles in Ireland

The Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe. County Donegal      c. 1400 b. c. – 400 a. d. The Beltany Stone Circle is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145 [...]

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