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Loughcrew Complex


What to do with Loughcrew?... Ancient monument in need of protection for future generations

The National Monuments Service and Office of Public Works (OPW) have confirmed that work on developing a Conservation Management Plan for the Loughcrew site is to commence this year.

Loughcrew cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs near Oldcastle that are believed to be more than 5,000 years-old and could even pre-date the world heritage site at Newgrange.

Cairn T is one of the largest tombs in the complex and is aligned to sunrise at the spring and autumn equinoxes, when the sun lights up the chamber in a similar phenomenon to Newgrange. It has a cruciform chamber and a corbelled roof with some stunning examples of Neolithic art in Ireland.

However, concerns have been raised for some time over deterioration of the cairn and how best to preserve it.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
4th February 2023ce

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Let's hope there's good news at Loughcrew as well. Good article! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th February 2023ce
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