Ancient Monuments

Listed alphabetically by county rather than dated added.

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Page updated 20/5/2017.


ANTRIM

The Crew Stone, Glenavy, Co.Antrim

Crew Stone ML&SJ Ltd

Not much to look at, and not a true monument but a glacial erratic adopted by the Ulster High Kings as a place of coronation. Other ancient stones and features are also to be found on Crew Hill. Card published by ML&SJ Ltd.


The Rocking Stone, Islandmagee, Co.Antrim

rocking-stone-islandmagee

A Lawrence card.


CLARE

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Co.Clare

Poulnabrone Irish Photocraft

The Poulnabone Dolmen in the Burren is one of the best known Neolithic burial sites in Ireland, and is reputed to attract in excess of 200,000 visitors annually.

Card published by Irish Photocraft.

CORK

Drombeg Stone Circle

drombeg-stone-circle-opw-pc-front

An Office of Public Works (OPW) card.

More information here: Drombeg Stone Circle.


DOWN

Giant’s Ring Cromlech, Belfast

Giants Ring Cromlech Belfast Hartmann

The Giant’s Ring is an ancient burial site and dates from the Neolithic period and was built around 2700 BC. The actual location for this cromlech is Ballynahatty near Shaw’s Bridge on the southern outskirts of Belfast. Card by Hartmann – No.2442.19.


The Legananny Cromlech, Castlewellan, Co.Down

Legananny Cromlech Castlewellan pu 1915 Fergus O'Connor

The Legananny Cromlech is a portal dolmen built of granite and is approximately 5,000 years old.

Card published by Fergus O’Connor, Dublin, and was postally used in 1915.


The Cromlech, Dundrum, Co.Down

Locally published card – Miss McIlroy, Post Office Dundrum – one of quite a number of cards.

I’m no expert on megalithic tombs but I think this is the same one: www.megalithicireland.com/Wateresk


GALWAY

Kilmacduagh Round Tower, Co.Galway

Kilmacduagh Round Tower NO publisher

Kilmacduagh Round Tower is Ireland’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Despite the apparently terminal view above, the tower survives to this day. An early card printed in Saxony but no publisher’s name given.


KERRY

Ogham Stone, Kilmalkedar, Co.Kerry

mason-dublin-ogham-stone

Published by Masons, Dublin, (2882). More than you could possibly want to know about Ogham Stones here.


Staigue Fort, near Sneem, Co.Kerry

STAIGUE FINAL

An Iron age ring fort – considered the largest in Ireland – certainly one of the best preserved. I haven’t been there for more than forty years – the farmer on who’s land it is used to have an honesty box stuck in the hedge for visitor donations – these days there’s a small visitor facility nearby but hopefully not too close.

More information here: Staigue Fort


‘Leac an Scail’ Dolmen, nr.Mullinvat, Co.Kilkenny

Leac an Scail‘ – the stone of the warrior or hero is also known as ‘Kilmogue or Harristown‘ Dolmen.  Apparently one of the largest portal dolmens in the country with the portal stones being more than 12ft high and the capstone more than 13ft. A substantial piece of engineering for 5,000 years ago!

This card – in poorer condition than it appears here – sold on eBay yesterday (30/4/17) for £57.


The Rock of Dunamase, Co.Laois

An artist’s impression of the Rock of Dunamace (sic), Maryborough – nowadays Portlaoise – on an early card from the “Philco” Publishing Co. (London) and printed in Germany.

More here: www.megalithicireland.com/Dunamase


MEATH

Dowth Passage Tomb, Co.Meath

dowth-tumulus-mason-dublin-1900ish-card

An early view of Dowth by Mason, Dublin. The site is still undeveloped and a far more authentic visitor experience than the nearby Newgrange Tomb.


SLIGO

The Carrowmore Cromlech, Co.Sligo

Carrowmore postcard

An early Shurey’s postcard which doesn’t identify the cromlech by name but it’s Carrowmore alright.

More about Carrowmore here.


TYRONE

The Tamlaght Stone, Co.TyroneThe Tamlaght Stone FRITH - CopyNear the village of Coagh, Co.Tyrone stands the “Tamlaght Stone”, a Mesolithic period Dolmen erected circa 4,500 BC. To say that it’s neglected is something of an understatement but it appears that it has been that way for many years. The Francis Frith & Co. postcard (above) was published many years ago, and the unfortunate Dolmen is still in danger of being completely overgrown as the more recent photograph by Brian T. McElherron shows. There are lots more Standing Stones, Dolmens etc. to be found on Brian’s very useful site Irish Antiquities .


Waterford

Ardmore Round Tower – Co.Waterford

Ardmore Round Tower WRENCH

Wrench Series: 3779.