Neolithic 4000 b.c – 2500 b.c

Neolithic (or New Stone Age) 4000 b.c – 2500 b.c

Arrival of farming (cattle. sheep, wheat, barlay). Our greatest burial tombs with their swirling art and astronomical alignments were constructed during this period. These are ranked amongst the finest structures in the World for their engineering skillfulness.

Monuments during this period include Passage Tombs, Court Tombs, Portal Tombs & Wedge Tombs.

One of the finest and largest Neolithic court tombs in Ireland

Creevykeel Court Tomb, Creevykeel. County Sligo       c. 4000 – 2500 b. c. The Creevykeel Court Tomb is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland. This national monument is in [...]

An ancient passage tomb with some of the finest vistas in Ireland

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. County Wicklow      c. 3300 b.c - 3000 b.c  The Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level and dates to somewhere between 3300 to [...]

One of the largest, tallest and most spectacular dolmens in Ireland

Kilmogue Portal Tomb, Mullinavat. County Kilkenny       c. 4000 – 3000 b. c. This National Monument is the impressive Kilmogue or 'Harristown' Dolmen. It was constructed between c.4000 - 3000 b. c. and is located near the [...]

One of Ireland’s finest portal tombs with 2 capstones still intact

Knockeen Portal Tomb, Knockeen. County Waterford     c. 4000 – 3000 b. c The Knockeen Dolmen is one of Ireland’s finest portal tombs. It stands 13 feet high in the middle of a hedgerow bordering 2 fields. [...]

A 6000 year old stunner & the Hill of the Hag

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown, County Waterford This national monument is the Gaulstown Dolmen. It is located in south county Waterford and dates to c.3000-4000 BC. It is regarded as one of the finest portal tombs in [...]

Finn McCool, Standing stones & The tomb of Queens

Knockmany Cairn & Annya's Tomb is located near the village of Augher. co.Tyrone and dates from between 3000 b.c>100 a.d. This super interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea [...]

One of the ‘BIG 4’ ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery. It is located in Ballymote. co.Sligo and dates way back to c.3400 b.c. This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming [...]

The largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland & amongst the oldest in Europe

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is located a few miles south of the town of Sligo. It is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe dating back to 4600 b.c. It is [...]

One of the GREAT passage tombs of Ireland

Dowth, which means 'darkness', is one of the 3 principle passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site (The other 2 being Newgrange and Knowth). It dates from c.2500 b.c and shares a [...]

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 [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and oldest portal tombs

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney, County Donegal The beautiful Kilclooney dolmen dates from c.3500 BC and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. Its impressive capstone measures 13-feet wide, [...]

Possibly the oldest structure in Inishowen with a mysterious name

The Morton God Dolmen, Muff, County Donegal The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb and possibly the oldest structure in Inishowen dating from c.2500-3500 BC. Its name remains a mystery but ‘Morton’ may [...]

One of the finest ancient burial chambers in the North of Ireland

Clontygora Court Tomb is located near Flagstaff in co. Armagh. it dates from approx c.3500 b.c and is one of the finest burial chambers in Northern Ireland. It is locally known as the “King’s Ring” [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site, A masterpiece in engineering & The oldest clock in the World

Bru na Boinne, Newgrange, County Meath Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of over 35 similar type monuments built along a bend of the [...]

Diarmuid & Grainne, 10,000 year old cave bears & Irish mythology

The limestone Caves of Kesh are located near Ballymote in co. Sligo half way up the side of a mountain. They can be reached by a 200m assent up a steep grassy slope. There are [...]

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 [...]

Ireland’s most photogenic dolmen & The Hole of Sorrows

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell, County Clare The Poulnabrone Dolmen is a national monument and dates from c.3600 BC. Its timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed landmarks in Ireland. This dramatic and [...]

A 5000 years old passage tomb with a smiley face inside

Fourknocks Passage Tomb, Fourknocks. County Meath     c. 3000 b. c. The Fourknocks passage tomb dates to c.3000 b.c. Its name may derive from the Irish word ‘Fuair Cnocs’ that translates to ‘cold hills’ or it just [...]

The World’s oldest field system

The Ceide Fields are located near Ballycastle in co.Mayo. The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open air archaeological site is [...]

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 [...]

A 4500 year old dolmen in the middle of a housing estate in south Dublin

This Dolmen is located in Ballybrack in south co. Dublin. It dates for approx 2500 b.c and it's granite capstone has beautiful shiny quartz mixed through it. It measures 5 foot X 5 foot and [...]

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 [...]

The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland..Shhh!

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath     3300 b.c Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the big 4 megalithic sites in Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel and Carrowmore in county Sligo [...]

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 Hag’s Chair, The Ring of Gullion & Absolutely worth re-erecting

The Ballykeel Dolmen, Camlouth, County Armagh This classic example of a tripod portal tomb or dolmen is locally known as 'The Hag's Chair' and dates from around c.3200 BC. When excavated in 1963, plain and [...]

A dolmen with an 80 tonne capstone – possibly 2nd heaviest in the country

The Kilternan Dolmen is located in south Dublin near the village of Kilternan. This national monument  is believed to have the second heaviest cap stone in Ireland (next to the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow) weighing [...]

The most photographed dolmen in the north of Ireland

This is the beautiful and graceful Proleek Dolmen located on the legendary Cooley Peninsula in co. Louth. It is one of the finest examples in Ireland and dates from between 4000 to 2500 b. c. [...]

Ireland’s largest dolmen – but how did they get that ginormous boulder up there?

The Brownshill Dolmen, Hackettstown. County Carlow 4000 – 2500 b. c. This national monument is the Brownshill Dolmen. It is not only the largest example in Ireland but also in Europe with a capstone estimated [...]

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