Wicklow In Prehistory

Seefin Passage Tomb

This passage tomb is situated on the summit of Seefin and is best reached from just south of Kilbride Military Camp along the edge of the forest. It has a cruciform passage, a partially surviving corbelled roof and there is decoration on some of the stones.

Piper’s Stones Athgreany

This Bronze Age stone circle, composed of granite boulders with an outer stone, is situated just 1km south of Hollywood. According to folklore the stones are a piper and a group of dancers who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath.

Castleruddery Stone Circle

Castleruddery Bronze Age stone circle and medieval motte are situated about 4km south-west of Donard. The stone circle is 30m in diameter and is enclosed by an earthen bank. The nearby motte guards a river crossing and is enclosed by a defensive ditch.

Rathgall Hillfort 

This fine hillfort is situated near the Shillelagh-Tullow road, about 6km east of Tullow. It consists of three concentric stone walls with external ditches and is said to have been the seat of the kings in South Leinster.

Moylisha Wedge Tomb

About 3km south of Aghowle Church is a wedge shaped gallery grave called ‘Labhanasighe’ (The bed of the Fairies). The tomb has an entrance chamber with a longer burial chamber behind and is roofless.

Church Mountain Passage Tomb and Church, Ballymooney

About 6km south of Hollywood on the summit of Church Mountain is a circular cairn of stones, probably the remains of a passage tomb. The centre of the cairn has been hollowed out to form an enclosure in which there are the foundations of a church and a well.

 The information is extracted from County Wicklow in Prehistory a heritage office publication produced as an action of the County Heritage Plan. Text supplied by Chris Corlet

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