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Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Knocknarea

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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.

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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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