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Wednesday, 14 September 2011


This 1000 foot limestone hill is visually striking, as it is monolithic in appearance and stands in a prominent position on the Cúil Irra peninsula between the bays of Sligo and Ballysadare. At the summit is a large cairn of loose stones. Although it has not been excavated, it is believed to conceal a Neolithic passage tomb, and is known in Irish as Meascán Méabha and in English as Maeve’s Tomb.


The top photograph is taken from Strandhill while the bottom one is is the view of Knocknarea from the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - from the latter spot you can make out the cairn at the top.

Maeve is a figure in Irish mythology, probably a “sovereignty goddess”, whom a king would ritually marry as part of his inauguration.  The name Maeve is said to mean “she who intoxicates”.

Posted by bigblue on 14/09/2011 at 08:50 AM
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