This Portal Tomb with its gigantic 100 ton granite capstone has stood in this field at Brownstown, Co. Carlow for over 5,000 years, a testament to the engineering skill of Ireland’s first farmers. http://www.culturalheritageireland.ie/index.php/heritage-sites-and-centres/106-the-neolithic-portal-tomb-at-brownshill-co-carlow
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Loughcrew/Sliabh na Caillaigh is group of neolithic passage tombs like Newgrange. Theyre older and more technologically advanced than the pyramids at Giza and the non representational art on the tombs doesnt occur again in europe until the 19th century.
Loughcrew is different to newgrange. Loughcrew is aligned to the equinoxes rather than the solstices so for the week of the equinox sunlight travels into the heart of the passage tomb and lights up a chamber thats been dark except for those times for more than 5000 years
Loughcrew is also older than newgrange and might be the product of a different tribe of the same ethnic group. While Loughcrew faces sliabh Gullion mountain in Armagh in Ulster, Newgrange faces the Wicklow mountains in Leinster and is decorated with quartz quarried there.
Loughcrew was in use much longer than newgrange. It was occupied in the Iron Age and might have been both a slaughter site and site for workshops. There have been la tene decorated tools made from iron and bone found there that people cant figure out a use for.
Today its the home of the cultic cailleach, an expression of the feminine divine in Irish cultures that may have roots in polytheism. She shapes the landscape, The shape shifts, is ancient, supernaturally strong and fertile and a source of knowlege. Shes even immanent in grain harvests.
Everything enigmatic and man made in the landscape is built by her. Theres a story that the Cailleach was building a round tower until a little boy looking up at her shouted haha I can see your bum. Then she dropped to the ground giving out to the kid that she wouldve built it to the sky if he hadnt been so cheeky.
The three-storey ruined O’Rourke Tower House at Castletown, Co. Leitrim was taken with the use of guns in 1487. It is the earliest recorded use of guns in Irish history. In 1588 five survivors of the Spanish Armada ships that foundered at Streedagh Strand, including Francisco de Cuellar, sought refuge in the castle but found little comfort their and moved on.