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Aghascrebagh Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ally Court Tomb
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Altdrumman Portal Tomb
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Athenree Portal Tomb
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Ballyrenan Portal Tomb
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Beaghmore Stone Circle
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Clogherny Wedge Tomb
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Cloghmore Court Tomb
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Cregganconroe Court Tomb
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Creggandevesky Court Tomb
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Crosh Portal Tomb
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Davagh Forest Chambered Tomb
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Davagh Water Standing Stones
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Dunnamore Wedge Tomb
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Dun Ruadh Stone Circle
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Glenknock/Crosh Chambered Tomb
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Glenroan Portal Tomb
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Goles Stone Row / Alignment
The Honey Mug Standing Stone / Menhir
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Knockmany Passage Grave
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Knocknahorna Stone Circle
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Leitrim Portal Tomb
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Moymore Stone Circle
Murnells Portal Tomb
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Radergan Standing Stone / Menhir
Scraghy Portal Tomb
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Sess Kilgreen Passage Grave
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St Patrick's Chair and Well Bullaun Stone
Tamlaght Portal Tomb
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Tulnacross Standing Stones

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St Patrick's Chair and Well (Bullaun Stone) — Folklore

Altadavin - St. Patrick's Altar and Chair.

Altadavin though belonging to this parish of Errigal Truagh is situated in the County Tyrone. It is a picturesque wooded glen. Various explanations of the name have been given:- "The high place of Daimen." Daimen was high King of Airghialla 513 AD. It also means "Glen of the Gods" or "Glen of the Demons."

The glen is entered by a narrow path running by a clear stream, the precipitous sides being clothed with a dense growth of under wood surmounted with stately forest trees. About midway down the glen, a vast mass of rock, some three or four hundred yards long, covered with wood of natural growth, rises up leaving a choice of paths in the two narrow ravines. Keeping to the right a little green velvet lawn opens out before us. Right under the rock, that rises sheer and steep from the green sword, is a spring well issuing from a stone.

This lovely glen has an interesting history, a mingling of the older and the newer faiths. Tradition has it that in Pagan times the glen was sacred to the rites of Druidism. It is a very reasonable probability that St Patrick, on one of his visits to Clogher, made it his object to overthrow this centre of Druidical Cult, and following his usual course, dedicated this home of heathenism to the true God. Here, surrounded by tangled under wood is a rude altar formed of solid rock. The ledge that forms its table is four feet high, six feet long and two feet wide. Towards its centre is roughly chiselled to a smooth surface. It shows no other tool marks.

Opposite the Gospel side of the altar is a large rock, in the form of a high-backed chair, known as St Patrick's chair. The seat of this natural chair is about four feet high from the present ground level, and the back rises to a height of eight feet from the ground.

On a rocky platform overlooking the stretch of green, and some twenty feet above it, is a large square stone about five feet high in the top of which is scooped out a basin fourteen inches in diameter and twelve inches deep. There is a detached boulder sitting on other detached boulders, yet the basin on the driest summer day is to be found half full of water. It is affirmed that as often as it is emptied, it will, with in half an hour, fill up to the same level, and except as a result of rainfall, will not rise to a higher level. Science has not yet explained whence the water comes, or why it rises to a certain height. That it does so is an undoubted fact, and equally undoubted is the fact that no natural source of supply can be discovered.

Local tradition affirms that when St Patrick turned this stronghold of Druidism to Christianity, he was attended by a great concourse of people. Having converted large numbers of them, he proceeded to baptise them. Water was necessary. Here at hand was a font, and what surer method of strengthening the faith of those who still wavered, than by drawing water from a rock. He did so and the font has never since dried up.

The wooded glories of Altadaven have departed, the venerable timber that shaded the glen and that lent enchantment to the scene have been cut down and turned into money. However the Department of Forestry of the Government of 'N. Ireland' have replanted Altadavan, but many, many years must elapse ere the charm of by gone days can return.
Altadaven still holds a high place in the popular respect for many miles around, when crowds assemble at the time that the blae-berries are ripe, which usually falls about the last Sunday in July and first Sunday in August, known in the district as "the Big Sundays".

Last Sunday was one of the "big Sundays". I was there and I saw crowds and crowds of boys and girls all enjoying themselves, laughing, courting, singing, and dancing, some picking the ripe blae-berries, some climbing up to see St Patricks altar and chair, all wearing happy faces and enjoying themselves to their hearts' content. I went to see St Patrick's Well. It is near the chair, but a little further down in the rocks. There was a great number of pins and needles and hair pins in it, also a few coppers left by those who made a "Wish" at the Well.

Cathleen Sweeney 4th August1938.
From the Schools Collection, now being digitised at Elsewhere the special days at Altadavin are just called "Blaeberry Sundays".
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th February 2020ce

Creggandevesky (Court Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Creggandevesky</b>Posted by CianMcLiam CianMcLiam Posted by CianMcLiam
27th February 2017ce

Knockmany (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

This was a complete surprise. Stopped off in Co. Tyrone to visit some old friends of the friend I was travelling to Donegal with. They just happened to know Mark Bailey the Director of Armagh Observatory who holds the key for Knockmany. He and his wife very kindly accompanied our small group up to the cairn which sits at the very top of a reasonably steep hill - commanding 360 degree views in all directions. Going inside the chambered cairn was a real thrill - my first close encounter with Irish rock art. Mark Bailey has the theory (a good one I should think) that the skies were once far more active in terms of comets and visibility that they appear to be now. And that the spiral shape with a 'tail' replicates a comet tail structure. We decided that the cairn was aligned north/south orientated due south towards Slieve Gullion and the Mournes. The cairn now has a clear glass covering and is not accessible without the key to the grill gate. However, most of the tomb can be seen quite well through the gate. tjj Posted by tjj
29th May 2016ce
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Knockmany (Passage Grave) — Images

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29th May 2016ce

Loughmacrory III (Wedge Tomb) — Images

<b>Loughmacrory III</b>Posted by GLADMAN GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
28th April 2016ce

Knocknahorna (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Knocknahorna</b>Posted by meg-y Posted by meg-y
7th December 2014ce
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