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Easky (Natural Rock Feature)

"Local tradition says that should you walk through the crack in the rock three times, the rock will close on you."

Soulbury (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Some cite a legend that the stone rolls down the low hill every night at midnight only to reappear each morning, though sceptics scoff at such superstition and say it only happens every Halloween.

The Guardian, 5/4/16

;-)

Ticknevin (Bullaun Stone)

From archaeology.ie:

A circular hollow (diam. 0.4m; D 0.25m) in a natural rock outcrop is known locally as the 'Wart Well'. Traditionally, the 'well' appeared after St Brigid's horse left a hoof-mark in the stone. For a cure, it must be visited three times; a pin is left at the first visit and at the third visit the pins and warts will have disappeared.

Cluain tSalach (Standing Stone / Menhir)

The small 'wishing stone of Mevagh' (now missing) is said to have rested on top of the standing stone.

Bellewstown (Artificial Mound)

The Irish translation given on the OS map sheet 43 for Bellewstown is Baile an Bheileogaigh. Beile or bile is the name given to old inauguration trees. So the town of the inauguration tree of the Ogaigh's (possibly another version of Haughey?)
However, on the western approach to the town is a sign that says Sliabh B.(aile) na gCailleach, the Hill of the town of the Hag.

Greenanstown (Standing Stones)

Know locally as the Jack Stones, they are said to have been thrown to here from Tara by the legendary hero Finn MacCool.
(Throwing stones seems to have been a rather common habit of old Finn.)

Grange (Sacred Well)

... a ploughman was ploughing an area within the nearby graveyard, and was advised not to continue as it was holy ground. He responded by saying 'St. Mobhí or St. Mobhó, I'll plough my frough before I go', at which point the ground opened up and swallowed him, with his horses and plough.

from: Ancient & Holy Wells of Dublin
by Gary Branigan
published by The History Press Ireland

Raheendhu/Ballinascorney (Rath)

From:

"The History and Antiquities of Tallaght In The County of Dublin" By William Domville Handcock, M.A.
Second Edition Revised and Enlarged. Dublin, 1899

The mountains and hills in the parish are :- Mountpelier; Slievenabawnoge, or the mountain of the lea; the hill of Ballymorefinn, or Finn's great town; Slievebane, or the white mountain; the mountain of Glassavullaun, or the stream of the little summit; Kippure, or the trunk of the yew tree; the Black hill; Seeghane, or the seat; Carrig (i.e., the rock); and Bryan's hill.
Amongst objects of archaeological interest dating from primeval times there are in the townland of Ballinascorney a rath called Raheendhu, or the black fort, and two stone circles enclosing the remains of a cromlech called the cairn of the second rock or the red hero?; in the townland of Ballymana a place of sepulture called Knockanvinidee, or the rennet hill?; in the town -land of Mountseskin a place of sepulture called Knockannavea, or the ravens' hill, and a mound called the Bakinghouse hill; and in the townland of Glassamucky a place of sepulture called, Knockanteedan, or the little hill of the blasts or gusts; while in the townland of Castlekelly there are a number of sepulchral mounds including three known respectively as Meave's hill, the hill of the rowan tree, and the red hill, as well as a cromlech and some stone circles; and on the hill called Seeghane, or the seat, there are a cairn and two cromlechs.

Amongst the wells in the parish are the following: - St. Paul's well, in the town-land of Kiltalown; Moling's well or the Piper's well in- the townland of Corbally; the Fairy well, near Tymon Castle; the Lime Kiln well at Balrothery; the Chapel well, on the brink of the Dodder near Tallaght village; and St. Columkille’s well in the townland of Oldcourt.

(The parish he refers to at the beginning of the entry is Tallaght. This passage includes a mention of the rath, but it also contains mentions of other known, and less well-known sites. Hmmmm.)

Aghascrebagh (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Local people are often concerned about the implications of their actions in relation to historic monuments and archaeological features in general. Many will not touch such features on their land in fear of some repercussions by the fairies. A former landowner of the ogham stone, who lived in the now ruined cottage close by, decided he wanted to remove the stone and began to dig around it. However, bad fortune was to follow, for no sooner had he started work than water began to rise in the byre bringing havoc to his buildings and his animals. When the farmer decided to stop the digging work normality returned to his farm holdings.
Local tales passed down from generation to generation also tell of one landowner, a giant of a man, who was tied to the nearby standing stone for some misdemeanor and guarded there by twelve strong men. However the landowner broke away from the stone and killed all the guards who traditions says were buried in the graveyard across the road. The story goes on to say that the landowner himself is buried under the ogham stone.

Taken from the info. board, erected by the Environment & Heritage Service and Omagh District Council

Lugmore Cist

In his book "All Roads Lead to Tallaght" (published by South Dublin Libraries), Patrick Healy says: "According to Malachi Horan this was known as Kenny's Stone from a man named Kenny who found an urn full of gold in it."
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