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Excursion

Into the heart of County Down today, to visit an old favourite and a new attraction.

This is the Legananny Dolmen, one of the most spectacular megalithic monuments in Ireland.


On the slopes of Slieve Croob, it has a fine view of the Mountains of Mourne:


You have to bring your own child, though.

I had vaguely known for many years of a large souterrain, an artificial underground chamber, somewhere in the vicinity of the dolmen. To my delight I discovered this morning that it has been refurbished and is now open to the public.

Since it's halfway up a mountain and underground, an imaginative solution for giving visitors adequate illumination was needed. In this picture of the entrance you can see on the right the solar panels which power the lights:


Inside it's about 30 metres long, but only 1.5 metres high at the highest point. This makes it a little uncomfortable for those of average size and above, but smaller people will have an enjoyable visit:


Will bring a torch next time to peek into inaccessible corners.

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sbisson
Aug. 3rd, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
I suspect you have already got a copy of The Modern Antiquarian.

However, I do recommend visiting La Hougue Bie, a rather wonderful covered dolmen back home on Jersey...
ccfinlay
Aug. 3rd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. Those are some cool pics.

The next time* I visit Ireland I will have to visit some of the megaliths.

*for values of "next time" that equal "some time" as there are no immediate plans
slimmeroftheyea
Aug. 4th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Newgrange
You should also go to Newgrange if you havent been before.
ccfinlay
Aug. 4th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Newgrange
Thanks for the suggestion -- I haven't been.

I did visit Avesbury and some other sites in England, but I was only in Ireland a few days and spent most of my time with my grandmother meeting some of my more distant family members.
xnamkrad
Aug. 5th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Newgrange
or Loughcrew in the midlands, or Carrowmore in Sligo
jdigital
Aug. 3rd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh neat, a real life dungeon
nwhyte
Aug. 4th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, Mr McElherron from Rathmore has also written it up.
jdigital
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
How about that.
torquemadman
Aug. 4th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
cute kid you have there! :-)
cygny
Aug. 4th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
He is! The first time I met him, now about a year ago, he explained to me where babies come from and read to me from a book *nods*
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