Loughcrew Cairns
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Loughcrew Cairns

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Reputed to be one of the oldest cemeteries in the world. The largest of the three Cairns has a Autumnal Equinox and Vernal Equinox when the chamber is bathed with sunlight. Legend has it that witches created the mound by dropping stone as they flew over.

  • Donal Laurence Heffernan over 1 year ago
    By the way, your photography is stunning and professional. You will do a great job with the 'real' story ;)
  • Donal Laurence Heffernan over 1 year ago
    Away with ye and your perpetuation of the hobgoblins, faeries and flying witches. It may sound fun but it detracts from the serious history of this legacy. Regarding them all with a sweeping 'necropolis' title is equally mis-leading and delays the uncovering of their genuine purpose. It diminishes peoples attitudes to the immense civil engineering projects carried out for a far more serious intent than piling old stones over old bones.
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