This wonderful dolmen you can find in The Burren, it is the Poulnabrone Dolmen it’s a portal tomb and dates from 2500-2000 BC, some other sources place it’s date towards 4000BC.
The Portal Tombs were the ancient burial grounds in times long gone. These tombs usually have two imposing portals or entrance stones flanking the front of a relatively small rectangular chamber. The capstone, which sometimes rests just on the end stone and on the portal stones, is often very large.
The name Poulnabrone means “the hole of sorrows” and it’s one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The capstone lays on two 1,8m high portal stones. In this way it covers a burial chamber with a depth of 25 cm.
They found remains of one newborn baby, six youngsters and 16 adults. Only one adult reached the age of 40 and most of the others died before they were even 30 years old. They also found out that the people lived a hard physical life and that the bones where defleshed somewhere else. Archaeologists think that these remains were buried somewhere else and reburied in this chamber of the Poulnabrone.
These people were placed in the chamber of the Poulnabrone together with some artefacts like a stone axe, jewellery, pottery, … They trace the burials over a period of 600 years, so this Poulnabrone Dolmen had probably a ceremonial function for important individuals.
A low wall that consists mainly of stones surrounds the dolmen. The archaeologists think that’s unlikely that they ever covered the whole monument. And they found about seventy other tombs in the same area.
You can find more photos of the Poulnabrone Dolmen on my Burren page.
Our B&B owner, Noel O'Connor was also the town taxi driver. He drove us up to the cliffs of Moher and told us to walk back to town along the cliffs, through the fields. When we saw all the fences and bulls we decided to take the road. Along the way we passed this beautiful sight and when we were eating breakfast the next morning at our B&B we noticed a picture of this same thing on the wall so we asked about it. It turns out this is called "The House of Tunes". It belonged to a very famous musician named Miko Russell and now everyone wants to buy it but it evidently is not for sale. The walk back and all you see is worth it.
GO to this lil shop. It is on the Cliffs of Moher road and has a WIDE selection of amazing jams, jellies, and marmalades. They also had other sauces and a selection of vinegars. Prices are excellent - and the strawberry/raspberry jam was to die for.
Look to the house board, Co,Clare's first Irish Traditional Record Company House. from my point of view, it's a really Irish music house.
This is the place where the ferries to the Aran islands leave. It was impressive to walk along here as it was a very stormy day and the Atlantic ocean was as wild as it could be!
Another VTer also saw this sign but the picture isn't clear.
It's nice to know that they went to the trouble of providing facilities for when the sea is too rough...
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Coast Road, The Burren, Ireland
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