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The Passage tomb of (Olioll Olum), King of Munster

Galtymore passage tomb 5
The Passage Tomb of , Olioll Olum ( Died 234), Galbally Limerick
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Irish Passage Tombs

Located on the side of Duntryleague Hill, County Limerick and the westerly extension of Slievenamuc hill is a passage tomb. The Tomb was constructed for Olioll Olum, one of the early Kings of Munster.

The name Duntryleague is derived from Dún-Trí-Liag, meaning the fort of three pillar stones. Diarmuid and Gráinne are also said to have rested here in their flight from the angry Fionn Mac CumhaillWell.

The route through the forest leading to the burial ground is accessible and leads to this amazing rock structure of the tomb. There is one enormous rock slab resting steadily across a number of famous cairns which measures approximately 25m north -south and 22m east-west. Continuing on from the cairn you come across many natural viewing points which extend over the terrain of west Limerick.

Olioll Olum, was a King of Munster, who died in 234, he is said to have been progenitor of most of the great families of the south of Ireland. He married Sabia, daughter of Con of the Hundred Battles, ruler of the north of Ireland.

He willed that after his death the sovereignty of Munster should vest alternately in the descendants of his son Eoghan Mor (the Eugenians, or Eoganachts, occupying the southern part of Munster), and those of his son Cormac Cas (the Dalcassians, occupying the northern part of the same province).

The images below include some landscapes of the surrounding mountains, this is not a bad place to be laid to rest.

Gallery of a Passage Tomb

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Galtymore passage tomb 5

Galtymore passage tomb 6

Galtymore passage tomb 7

5 responses

  1. Stunning – love that first image in particular! : )))

    April 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    • Hello Anne,

      Thank you 🙂

      Very pleased you like the post and the images 🙂 🙂 🙂

      April 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  2. M-R

    Has it ever been excavated, Nigel ? – by professionals, I mean ?

    April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    • Hello Margaret ,

      I am not sure to be honest, it may be the case as for many of the old tomb’s in Ireland no one known who they were constructed for.

      Little actual archaeology has been carried out on many of Ireland’s prehistoric sites, their are tens of thousands of them nationally so it tends to be just the most noted one that have been worked on.

      This is one of the best online resource and I am just getting upto speed with them 🙂

      Great question Margaret 🙂 🙂

      April 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      • M-R

        Many thanks for your detailed response !!

        April 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

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