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Legananny Dolmen

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Hidden : 03/06/2008
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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LEGANANNY DOLMEN is situated off the B7, 7 miles south of Dromara, signposted from Dromara and Castlewellan.

Legananny Dolmen is one of Ireland's most frequently illustrated and photographed dolmens nestling between a farmer's stone wall and a small back road. The views from the cache location and dolmen are spectacular on a good day, overlooking the Mourne mountains.

Like Poulnabrone in the Burren, Legananny is a neolithic portal tomb, built between 4000 and 4500 years ago. The word 'dolmen' was used by early studies of antiquities and comes from the Breton word 'tolmen' which means 'stone table'. These monuments also gave rise to legends after which they have been named. The Giant's Grave or the Druid's altar are common local names for such features. 'Diarmud's and Grainne's bed' reflects another story from the Tain. Originally this would have had a mound covering it but most of this has been removed although there are traces on all sides of the tomb itself except for the lane on the left. In this case the name Legananny comes from Liagán Áine or 'Pillar of Enya'. She was the mythical goddess loved by the equally mythical Finn McCool.

This granite dolmen is located on the southern fringe of the Slieve Croob mountain range near the village of Leitrim. The structure consists of two portal stones to the south, one 5ft 9ins high, the other 6ft and a further single support at the north end, 4ft high. The large capstone, almost 2 ft in diameter, gives the structure its distinct tripod appearance.

Dating from the megalithic period, it is the portal grave of a chieftain. The heavy stones would have been dragged some distance before being set in place. The three supporting stones are unusually long and there are slight traces of a cairn which must have been far more extensive. Court cairns were probably temples of a kind, where farming communities paid respect to departed ancestors and invoked magical help to ensure good harvests.

There is a layby with parking space provided at N54 19.323 W006 01.176 Please do NOT attempt to drive the short distance to the cache as it is only a pedestrian track and driving is prohibited.

THE CACHE is a medium sized tablock box, camouflaged and with geocaching sticker. When placed it contained a logbook, pencil, stashnote, FTF badge and other small swaps. It is not necessary to move or displace any stones in order to retrieve the cache. Please hide again carefully.

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