The Kilternan Dolmen is located in the village of Kilternan in south county Dublin. It is believed to be the 2nd largest example in Ireland (next to the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow) and dates from sometime between c.3500 and 2500 b.c. It’s capstone weighs in at an impressive 80 tonnes and measures 21 feet long x 15 feet across. The word ‘dolmen’ translates from a Breton word meaning ‘stone table’ and was first used by Victorian archeologists who thought Druids from the Iron Age used these structures for performing rituals. These structures are however much older and are now officially known as ‘portal tombs’. Most portal tombs point east-west for the rising and setting sun. This one, however, points towards Little Sugar Loaf Mountain which was thought to be a sacred place in ancient times. It was recorded that a family took refuge under this capstone during the famine years in the mid 1800s. (Please Note — It is located on a private residence which is only accessed by appointment only).

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