Visits For March, 2010

Sunday, 7th March 2010

Several Tombs With Varying Degrees Of Preservation

One of my goals for this year involves seeing more sites in Monaghan and this is where I decided to concentrate my efforts today. The weather was fantastic and we (my daughter and I) enjoyed a couple of hours in Rossmore Forest, where we had a nice walk, took some photos and saw a court tomb. This is a lovely place and the people of Monaghan are so lucky to have this right on their doorstep.

After the forest we set off in a southwesterly direction and visited a few more tombs, including a beautiful wedge tomb and a great court tomb. At two sites we came across little piles of snow hidden behind hedges where the ground sees no sun at this time of year. One of the sites was in stark contrast to the others, because all that remains is one slab and a small upright. I'm not sure what was more saddening: the poor state of this monument or the fact that the young farmer we asked about its whereabouts didn't know it was anything other than a couple of stones in the field.

The sun was so bright and so low that it was hard to take photos at times due to the harsh shadows it cast. Anyway, that doesn't really matter when you're out and about with good company!

Killydrutan (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb6 New Images
Skeagarvey (Co. Monaghan)Wedge Tomb2 New Images
Calliagh (Co. Monaghan)Wedge Tomb13 New Images
Greagh (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb5 New Images
Carnbane (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb4 New Images
Carn (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb13 New Images
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