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Lia Fail (Standing Stone / Menhir) — News

Gardaí investigating after ancient Hill of Tara stone vandalised


Gardaí are investigating after graffiti was daubed on the ancient Lia Fail stone on the Hill of Tara earlier this week.

Locals walking the site were appalled to discover the words 'Fake' written on all sides of the 'Stone of Destiny' or 'Speaking Stone' which is believed to be over 5,000 years old.

The incident took place sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Spray paint was used to damage the stone, said to be a coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland.

Gardaí in Navan have opened an investigation and are appealing for information. A spokesman said the stone was sprayed with graffiti sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

More: https://www.meathchronicle.ie/2023/02/08/gardai-investigating-after-ancient-hill-of-tara-stone-vandalised/

Loughcrew Complex — News

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.

More: https://www.meathchronicle.ie/2023/02/02/what-to-do-with-loughcrew-ancient-monument-in-need-of-protection-for-future-generations/

Ballyfolan (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Taylorsgrange (Portal Tomb) — Images

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Newgrange (Passage Grave) — Links

Mapping the light fantastic at Newgrange


Shedding new light on the solar illumination in the burial chamber on winter solstice.

Free pdf download of the Winter 2021 article from Archaeology Ireland, Frank Prendergast, Clare Tuffy, Sinéad Gargan, John Lalor and Claire Breen

Knockiveagh (Cairn(s)) — News

Energy firm to fight notice over disputed wind turbine on site of Neolithic burial site KnockIveagh


Council wants structures removed from historic site which was also used for the coronation of early medieval kings
Ciaran O'Neill
December 11 2022 10:27 AM

A long-running dispute over the erection of a wind turbine at a historic site in Co Down has taken a new twist.

The turbine was erected on the top of Knock Iveagh near Rathfriland in 2017. Heritage campaigners were furious planning permission had been granted for the turbine on a 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial site which was also used for the coronation of early medieval kings.

It has now emerged the company which owns the turbine, Ayr Power Ltd, has been served with an enforcement notice by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC) to remove some of the structures associated with the turbine. If the structures are removed, it is understood the turbine would be unable to continue operating.

However, the Sunday Independent has learned Ayr Power Ltd has lodged an appeal against the order with the Planning Appeals Commission.

More: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/energy-firm-to-fight-notice-over-disputed-wind-turbine-on-site-of-neolithic-burial-site-at-knock-iveagh-42211421.html

Northern England — Links

Abstractions Based on Circles


Papers on prehistoric rock art presented to Stan Beckensall on his 90th birthday
Edited by Paul Frodsham and Kate Sharpe.
Free download.

Boherboy (Standing Stones) — Images

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Cormac's House (Hillfort) — Images

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Calliagh (Wedge Tomb) — Images

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Greagh (Wedge Tomb) — Images

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The Long Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Haughey's Fort (Enclosure) — Images

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The King's Stables (Sanctuary) — Images

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Emain Macha (Henge) — Images

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Outleckan (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

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Ballynahatty (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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The Giant's Ring (Passage Grave) — Images

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Ballynoe (Stone Circle) — Images

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Ravensdale Park (Passage Grave) — Images

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Clontygora - Court Tomb — Images

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Greengraves (Portal Tomb) — Images

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