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 is prominently located on a hill just outside the village of Culdaff overlooking Trabrega Bay towards the Atlantic. On the original ordinance survey maps of Ireland it was marked as a Druid’s altar as this site was linked to pagan ceremonies. The United Irish League held meetings during the 19th century at the Temple of Deen on Sunday afternoons to demand land reform. The meetings were attended by tenant farmers and prominent speakers from Dublin who addressed them. During this time there was a revival and interest in all things Celtic and many ancient monuments were re-visited. It is interesting that they came here rather than to the monastic sites nearby. In the early Christian period this area was also very important as monks came to Cloncha and Carrowmore (in the valley next to this monument) to set up monasteries following a visit by good old St. Patrick himself!

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