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Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. co.Wicklow c.3300-3000 b.c

This national monument is the Neolithic Seefin Passage Tomb built around 5000 years ago on a 650m high mountain in North Wicklow. It's name in Irish (Suidh Fhionn) means "The Seat of Fionn" and these [...]

Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare. co.Kerry c.2500-1000 B.C

The Kenmare Stone Circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare and is locally known as the 'The Shrubberies'. It is one of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland measuring [...]

Kilmogue (Harristown) Dolmen, Mullinavat. co.Kilkenny. c.3000-4000 b.c

This impressive dolmen is the Kilmogue Portal Tomb located on the eastern slopes of Brown Mountain, about 3 miles from the village of Mullinavat in co. Kilkenny. The name "Kilmogue" derives its name from the [...]

Ninch Barrow Mound, Laytown. co.Meath c.400 a.d?

This mound located on the right hand side of the road between Julianstown and Laytown stands nearly 20 feet high and is 75 feet in diameter. It sits beside a modern bungalow and resembles a [...]

Knockeen Portal Dolmen, Knockeen. co. Waterford. 4000-3000 b.c

The Knockeen portal tomb is one of Waterford's outstanding monuments and ranks among the finest portal tombs in Ireland. It stands in the middle of a hedgerow bordering 2 fields standing at an impressive 3.5 metres (13 [...]

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown. co.Waterford. c.4000 b.c

The Gaulstown Portal Tomb is one of the finest dolmens in Ireland and was probably erected between 4000 - 3500b.c. It's name is derived from the name of the townland and is situated at the foot of [...]

Knockmany Cairn & Annya’s Tomb, Augher. co.Tyrone 3000 b.c>100 a.d

This interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea level near the village of Augher in County Tyrone. It's name in Irish 'Cnoc mBaine' has had various different interpretations from [...]

Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery, Ballymote. co.Sligo c.3400 bc

This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming part of the Carrowkeel neolithic passage tomb cemetery. The Carrowkeel complex is located at an altitude of about 1000 foot in [...]

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore. co.Sligo 4600>1000 b.c

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe. It is believed that there may have been over 100 monuments on this site but only 30 have survived as the [...]

Dowth Passage Tomb, Dowth. co.Meath c.2500 – 2000 b.c

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 [...]

Navan Fort (Emain Macha), Armagh City. co. Armagh 95 b.c

Navan Fort is a state care national monument, located 2 miles from the Cathedral City of Armagh. This is one of Ireland's most important ancient monuments and according to ancient mythology, was one of the [...]

Clogherny Wedge Tomb, Plumbridge. co.Tyrone c.2500 b.c

The Clogherny Wedge tomb is located in a sparse exposed glaciated valley near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It still has it's large capstone and is unusual because it is surrounded by a [...]

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. co. Donegal c.3500 b.c.

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It's impressive capstone measures 13 wide, 20 feet long and [...]

Kilmashogue Wedge Tomb. Kilmashogue. co. Dublin. c.2000 b.c

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 [...]

The Ardmore Gallen Stone, Muff. co.Donegal c.1500 – 500 b.c ?

The Ardmore Gallen Stone stands over 6 feet tall in a field near the village of Muff overlooking Lough Foyle. More than 10,000 standing stones have been recorded in Ireland and many were used for [...]

Morton God Portal Tomb, Iskaheen. co. Donegal c.3500 > 2500 b.c

The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb in Inishowen and possibly the oldest structure. It is located half way up a mountain in a scenic location overlooking Lough Foyle and it's name remains [...]

Clontygora Court Tomb, Flagstaff. co. Armagh c.3500 b.c

The Clontygora Court Tomb is one of the finest burial chambers in Northern Ireland. It is locally known as the “King’s Ring” and is situated on a prominent hillside in South Armagh. It it is Y [...]

Newgrange, Donore. co.Meath 3200 b.c

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Newgrange, the 'Mother Ship' of all Irish ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built along a bend of the River [...]

The Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown. co. Tyrone – 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c

The mysterious and desolate Beaghmore Stone Circles were discovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s in the mountains near Cookstown in co. Tyrone. The site is made up of 7 large stone circles and [...]

Knowth Passage Tomb, Knowth.co. Meath c.3000 b.c

Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about 3000 b.c and is not only the largest of the three great passage tombs in the Boyne Valley [...]

Fourknocks Passage Tomb, co. Meath – c.3000 b.c

This national monument is the Fourknocks Passage Tomb that dates to c.3000 b.c. It’s name may derive from the Irish word ‘Fuair Cnocs’ that translates to ‘cold hills’ or it just may refer to the [...]

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. co.Dublin – 2500 b.c

The Ballybrack Dolmen is oddly located in the middle of a housing estate in south county Dublin. The granite capstone which has beautiful shiny quartz through it measures 1.5m X 1.5m and weighs approx 12 [...]

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell. co.Clare – c.3600 b.c

This national monument is Poulnabrone Dolmen. It's timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed landmarks in Ireland. It is a classic example of a portal tomb. The tall portal stones flank the [...]

Knockmaree Dolmen, Phoenix Park. Dublin City – 3000 b.c > 1700 b.c

The Knockmaree Dolmen is probably the oldest monument within the city of Dublin, and is possibly the smallest ‘dolmen’ structure in Ireland. It is located beside Knockmary Lodge in Phoenix Park and is also known [...]

The Loughcrew Passage Tombs, Oldcastle. co. Meath – c.3300 b.c

Loughcrew is one of our most important and impressive megalithic sites and is described as 'the best kept archaeological secret in Ireland'. This particular tomb 'Cairn T' is probably older than Newgrange and is located [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. co.Mayo – c.2000 b.c

Srahwee wedge tomb is regarded as one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland. It was constructed during the Bronze Age (approx 2000 b.c) and is located in wild and stunning scenery about 5 miles [...]

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.3000 b.c.>1500 b.c

This is the Bocan Stone Circle located on Bocan Hill just outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles may have been sun temples but no one really knows what shenanigans were [...]

The Temple of Deen, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.1500 b.c>2500 b.c

These strange looking granite rocks are the remains of a central chamber of a large prehistoric burial monument. It is popularly known as  'The Temple of Deen' and dates from between 2500bc - 1500bc.  It [...]

Fairy Castle, 2 Rock Mountain. co.Dublin – 2500 > 2000 bc

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’s Chair, Rathfarnham. co.Dublin – c.2000 b.c

The Brehon's Chair, also known as Taylors Grange is the remains of a passage tomb located near Marlay Park in South County Dublin. The monument comprises of 3 granite stones and was misunderstood in Victorian [...]

Punchestown Long Stone, Punchestown. co.Kildare – 2000 b.c > 500 b.c

This national monument is the impressive Punchestown Longstone. It is the tallest and one of the most graceful examples in Ireland standing at 22 feet high. It is difficult to establish the age of standing [...]

Ballykeel Dolmen, Camlouth. co.Armagh – c.4000 b.c > 2500 b.c

The Ballykeel portal tomb, locally known as 'The Hag's Chair' is a beautiful example of a tri-pod dolmen and dates from between 4000 and 2500 b.c. When it was excavated in 1963, plain and decorated [...]

Kilternan Dolmen, Kilternan. co.Dublin – c.3000 > 2500 b.c (Cill Tiarnáin-Church of Tiarnán)

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 [...]

Glencullen Standing Stone, Glencullen. co.Dublin – c.1700 b.c (Gleann Cuilinn-‘Valley of the Holly’)

The Glencullen Standing Stone is can be found in the golf course facing Johnnie Fox's pub in the village of Glencullen. Standing stones or 'mehirs' are usually difficult to date but it is sometimes possible [...]

Proleek Dolmen. Ballymascanlon. co.Louth c.4000>3000 b.c

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 3000 bc. They [...]

Ballyedmunduff Wedge Tomb, Ballyedmunduff. co.Dublin – c.1700 b.c

Ballyedmunduff Wedge Tomb is a national monument and is considered to be one of the finest examples in Ireland. It was constructed during the bronze age and like many other wedge tombs is locally known [...]

Craddockstown West Longstone, Punchestown. co.Kildare c.1500 b.c > 500 b.c

This hugely elegant megalithic longstone stands 15 feet tall in a field facing the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse. It was thought that such Longstones were markers for route ways or boundaries, or were monuments [...]

Brownshill Portal Tomb, Hacketstown Road. co.Carlow c.4000>3000 b.c

This national monument is the Brownshill Portal Tomb. It is not only the largest example in Ireland but also in Europe with a capstone weighing in at an impressive 150 tonnes! Portal tombs are so [...]

Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe. co.Donegal c.1400 b.c > 800 b.c

This national monument is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145 feet. It originally comprised of 80 upright stones of which 64 still stand and probably dates [...]

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