A stone of some distinction

On many occasions I have stood there, ringing my hands and wishing from the bottom of my heart that the stones in front of me could and would speak, which, very much regretted, is not really going to happen. But, given some time spend in their company, they do tell of at least some parts …

Bronze Age Burial near the ancient road

Bronze Age Burial at Bunnamayne, County Donegal Author(s): J. C. T. MacDonagh and P. J. Hartnett Source: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 81, No. 1 (1951), pp.48-5 While tractor ploughing (Feb. 1950) for his uncle in a field on the crest of Bunnamayne hill, County Donegal, one of Mr. …

Grianán Gormlaig

On August 1st 1834 John O’Donovan wrote in his letter to Thomas Larcom: “I went on Thursday to see the ruin of the work of Rigriu and Garvan on the summit of a hill which derives its name from the building. It is amazingly interesting, but to me wonderfully puzzling! Is it possible that this …

Addition to four maybes

Measurements for the four possible standing stones, as well as I could take them. Stone 1 Lengths: 1.66 m Height: 0.70 m Thickness: 0.25 m Stone 2 Lengths: 1.30 m Height: 1.20 m Thickness: 0.41m Stone 3 Lengths: 1.60 m Height: 1.32 m Thickness: 0.28 m Stone 4 Lengths: 1.20 m Height: 0.63 m Thickness: …

Four maybes

Nearly straight upwards from the third stone in the row lie scattered four more suspicious stone which may amount to four more possible standing stones. Will measure them next time when winds are less lethal. Sometimes standing alone proofed to be a challenge without holding on to paper, pencil and measurement tape. Being bold would …

Row of three standing stones

In the channel between two small rock outcrops on the western slope of Greenan Hill remains a row of three standing stones. The alignment of these stones runs east-westwards, their broad face northwest – south-eastwards. The first and largest stone measured 4 feet 7 inches wide, 3 feet 3 inches high and 5 – 5½ …

The ‘cave’ at Carrownamaddy

In his book “Inishowen: Its History, Traditions, And Antiquities” Michael Harkin has an account of a ‘cave’ on the foot of Greenan Hill “by a gentleman who entered them in 1838.” (p.17) Since there is no other location given than being “at the base of Greinan hill“, it is not possible to determine if this …

Cornamount Hill

After much stubborn frost the forecasted heat wave embraced a still sceptic Inishowen as if it would be the last and it was not wise to walk in a shade-less environment for a few hours before late afternoon. From the foot of Greenan Hill I crossed into the first field west of the road to …