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Megaliths in Ireland

Ireland still has about two hundred stone circles.

Kaart megalieten Ierland

The county's Cork and Kerry have several alignments.
The biggest megalithic centers are in the county's Meat en Sligo.

In Ireland exist more than 170 portal tombs (dolmen), mainly in the north, but also in the county's Clare, Galway and Waterford

Dolmen of Grainne (Painting Erin Langley, USA)
Poulnabrone dolmen (Painting Erin Langley, USA)

Some remarkable megaliths:

County Meath:

  • Brú Na Bóinne* = Newgrange, Knowth en Dowth, passage tombs with decorated stones.
  • Loughcrew*, near Oldcastle. The remains of an important megalithic site, on four hills.
  • Hill of Tara Mythical seat of Irish Kings.
  • Fourknocks , decorated passage tomb.

(* = Pictures and information in Dutch: "Deel 2: Megasites / BrúNaBóinne and Loughcrew"

County Sligo:

  • Carrowmore, graveyard (Peninsula Knocknarea) about 40 megalithic monuments, view on the Ocean.
  • Carrowkeel (south of Carrowmore).

County Wicklow:

  • The Piperís Stones, standing stones, Baltinglass.

County Waterford:

  • Knockeen, dolmen, Kilburrin near Waterford.

County Cork:

  • Drombeg, stone circle

County Kerry:

  • Eightercua, near Waterville, 4 colossal stones in an alignment.

County Limerick:

  • The Lios, biggest Irish stone circle, near Lough Gur.

County Clare:

  • Poulnabrone, portal tomb, plateau of the Burren.

County Donegal:

  • Kilclooney More, dolmen near Ardara.
  • Gortnavern, dolmen near Kerrykeel.

County Monaghan:

  • Edergole, court tomb.

County Louth:

  • Barnaveddoge standing stones.
  • Proleek Portal Tomb, peninsula Cooley: A giant capstone of +- 30 ton, supported by 3 high stones.
  • Drumshallon 4 standing stones.
  • Piperstown standing stone with echo sound effect.


County Tyrone:

  • Beaghmore: stone circles, alignments and cairns (Bronze Age).

County Down:

  • Ballynoe, stone circle.
  • Banbridge, portal tomb, southern side Slieve Croob mountain.
  • Legananny, dolmen.
  • The Giantís Ring, south of Belfast, enclosure with passage tomb.

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