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Ancient Ireland

Cairn T at Loughcrew

Cairn T at Loughcrew

In the past few days, we have had the privilege of visiting some of the sites in Ireland that are most steeped in history and myth and folklore.We have been to the island of Inis Mor (Aran Islands) to visit Dun Aengus, a stone fort that was built sometime around 1000 BC. Part of the cliff, on the edge of which the fort was built, has washed into the sea, and you stand at the edge of a sheer drop of 100 meters (everything here is in metric units, as you will recall). We were brave enough to lay on our bellies at the edge and peer over – it’ll take your breath away!

We also climbed to the top of the Hill of Tara, which uniquely intertwines prehistoric, Celtic, and modern history together in one small site. It’s amazing how much history has taken place on this one small hill, but you can almost feel the energy that the place holds.

The climb to view the cairns at the top of Carbane East at Loughcrew will certainly test the strength of your legs, but it is totally worth the effort. Just be certain to obtain the key to Cairn T BEFORE you head up! You don’t want to make the climb twice (just ask Travis!)… This is another of the places in Ireland where you just marvel at the effort and skill that was employed to create the burial cairns and surrounding earthworks. These cairns are said to have been built in 3500 BC, which well predates the pyramids at Giza (Egypt)!

We have visited so many places that we want to tell you all about! Unfortunately, there just isn’t time to cover them all right now…

Tomorrow, we head for Dublin for four days, and then we are on our way back home. We are happy to go home and see family and friends, but we are very sad to be leaving this island once again. Until next time…

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  1. Originally Posted by Kelly, Imported by EngagingIreland – I really appreciate your podcasts. My wife and I are going to Ireland for our 25th anniversary in June. I am assuming this will be a busy tourist time? Where are the main tourist areas (we like to keep away from them if possible). Is it out of the question to see both the republic and Northern Ireland in the same two week trip. We enjoy picturesque locals and culture, people and history. Where would you recommend we travel? Thanks again. I’ll keep listening.


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