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Brownshill Dolmen, county Carlow : Image Gallery

Brownshill Dolmen, county Carlow, Ireland. Irish photography : Nigel Borrington

Brownshill Dolmen, county Carlow, Ireland.
Irish photography : Nigel Borrington

Brownshill Dolmen

Arriving at this great location of the Brownshill Dolmen, county Carlow on a typical overcast early autumn day in Ireland. I located the site of the largest Dolmen in this part of Europe very easily as there are plenty of road signs to help you.

There is a small walk through a field an up-to a preserved area containing the Dolmen itself, the information board is of great help and places this construction into it context.

It is the cap stone that is the most impressive part of this Dolmen.

Discover Ireland describes this monument as follows :

The Brownshill Dolmen is an unmistakable monument to the east of Carlow town dating back to pre-historic times.

Its date of construction has been estimated at between 4,900 and 5,500 years ago and it is thought that religious rites were performed here. Some authorities also suggest that it may have served as a form of border marker.

Whatever itโ€™s original purpose, it represents a tangible link between the present and the past. The magnificent granite capstone, weighing about 103 tonnes, has excited the interest of many antiquarians and tourists for centuries.

Brownshill Dolmen, county Carlow : Gallery

Brownshill Portal tomb 1

Brownshill Portal tomb 2

Brownshill Portal tomb 3

Brownshill Portal tomb 4

Brownshill Portal tomb 5

Brownshill Portal tomb 6

Brownshill Portal tomb 7

4 responses

  1. My next ๐Ÿ™‚ I have visited four dolmens so far.

    September 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      Well you have to see this one !, let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      • OK ๐Ÿ™‚

        September 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

  2. M-R

    Yet more of your wonderful ancient history ! Many thanks, Nigel – it never fails to excite the utmost interest.

    September 27, 2014 at 3:40 am

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