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Sites/groups in County Clare:

Ardataggle Wedge Tomb
2 sites
Ballycroum
10 posts
Ballyhickey Wedge Tomb
7 posts
Ballymihil Wedge Tomb
2 posts
Ballytarsna Artificial Mound
2 posts
The Bargaining Stone - Inishcealtra Natural Rock Feature
1 post
Bohateh North Chambered Tomb
6 posts
62 sites
The Burren
4 posts
Caher Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
3 posts
Cahermore Stone Fort / Dun
8 posts
Caherphuca Wedge Tomb
1 post
Cappaghkennedy Wedge Tomb
7 posts
Clooney Stone Row / Alignment
4 posts
Cloonyconry More Wedge Tomb
4 posts
Coolbaun Portal Tomb
8 posts
Corbehagh Wedge Tomb
1 post
1 site
Corbehagh Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
1 site
Corbehagh South Wedge Tomb
5 posts
3 sites
Craggaunowen Portal Tomb
3 posts
Craglea Natural Rock Feature
2 posts
Craughaun Cemetery Wedge Tomb
4 posts
Curraghadoo Cairn(s)
3 posts
2 sites
Doolin Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Doolin Stone Axe Production Site Ancient Mine / Quarry
1 post
Doonmeave Promontory Fort
7 posts
Formoyle More West Wedge Tomb
2 posts
1 site
Iniscaltra Christianised Site
1 post
Kilcarroll Rath
4 posts
Killaloe Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Knappogue Standing Stones
3 posts
Knappogue N Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
Knockshanvo Wedge Tomb
2 posts
Knockstoolery Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
1 site
Magh Adhair Artificial Mound
6 posts
Milltown Wedge Tomb
7 posts
Mooghaun Hillfort
10 posts
Moyree Commons Portal Tomb
6 posts
Newgrove Wedge Tomb
4 posts
Rosslara Wedge Tomb
8 posts
Teergonean Court Tomb
5 posts
1 site
Tyredagh Lower Standing Stone / Menhir
Violethill Wedge Tomb

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6,000 year old Tsunami in Ireland?


Archeologists have uncovered evidence of pre-farming people living in the Burren more than 6,000 years ago — one of the oldest habitations ever unearthed in Ireland... continues...
mascot Posted by mascot
10th May 2012ce
Edited 11th May 2012ce

Folklore

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(As usual when it comes to Ireland I am being a bit pathetic with pinning the stories to locations. But I hope the locations still exist).
.. Avowedly malignant ceremonies have been performed at two, if not three, places in East Clare. At Carnelly, near Clare Castle, at an unknown period remote even in 1840, "a black cock, without a white feather," was offered to the Devil on the so-called "Druid's Altar," two fallen pillars near an earthen ring beside the avenue, --to avenge the sacrificer on an enemy, but in this case it brought an equivalent misfortune on the sacrificer himself.

The Duchess de Rovigo, an heiress of the last Stamer of Carnelly, used the story, combined with irrelevant family legends and pseudo-archaeology, in a poem dated 1839, but I obtained it, as given above, from a more reliable source, her mother, in 1875 and 1882, as well as from my brothers and sisters, who heard it in "the forties".

When I was at the dolmen near the house at Maryfort in 1869, an old servant, Mrs. Eliza Ega (nee Armstrong), said to me, -- "Don't play at that bad place where the dhrudes (druids), glory be to God! offered black cocks to the Devil!"
A Folklore Survey of County Clare (Continued)
Thos. J. Westropp
Folklore, Vol. 22, No. 1. (Mar. 31, 1911), pp. 49-60.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th December 2007ce

Links to lots of folklore at the Clare County Library website (much of which relates to the ancient sites of Clare).
http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/folklore/index.htm
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th June 2006ce

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A Survey of Monuments in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare


A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan

This part of the thesis discusses the various types of monuments of archaeological and historical interest that were noted in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare. Each type of site is examined in turn, under the headings: distribution, features, dating and related sites in Ireland.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
5th July 2007ce

Clare County Library


Links to information and photos of ancient monuments in the county.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th June 2006ce

Clare County Library


Historical maps of County Clare.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th June 2006ce

Ring-Forts in the Barony of Moyarta, Co. Clare, and Their Legends


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th January 2006ce

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Kilcarroll (Rath) — Folklore

In the townland of Kilcarrol in Thomas Keating's land there is a fort by the name of "The Fort of The Black Dog". There was a tree growing in the middle of it, one night a man was going to another house and as he was passing the fort a light appeared before him. The next thing he saw was a black dog. The man turned to run but the dog caught him by the coat and turned him back. The man took up a stick which was beside him and started to beat the dog, but the dog stretched him on the ground. They were fighting for a long time until a man came to them. They both killed the dog and they buried him near the tree and covered him with a pile of stones round, and the stones are to be seen yet and the tree also.
From the Schools Collection of the 1930s, currently being transcribed at Duchas.ie. The black dog isn't overtly described as supernatural (and it seems to be mortal) but its attendant light and habit of lurking about in a fort suggest otherwise to listeners of the story that know these symbols. The Historic Environment Viewer shows quite a collection of interesting things here - the rath, which contains a 'Foot Stone' according to the old 25" map (maybe a foot print of someone in stone?), and also Tobercarroll (a holy well), and a penitential station.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th November 2016ce

Poulnabrone (Portal Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Gleninsheen (Wedge Tomb) — Images

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