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 translate to mean ‘townland near the moor or marsh’ or it possibly has Viking connections as Morton is the Swedish word for Martin and Viking settlements have been recorded near this location at Quigley’s Point and also in Derry. Through the ages, dolmens have been used by different peoples during different eras for different purposes. In the Iron Age, druid’s used them for religious purposes or possibly sacrifices even though they predate them by thousands of years. Some of these portal tombs even predate our great passage tombs however their original purpose is believed to be similar whereby cremated bones and grave goods of the important members of the clan were placed inside a chamber to be transported off to the next World. Who’s to say they were wrong?