Guide to the Irish Megaliths Stone Circles - January 2018

By Maria O'Farrell Carr

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This is a good article on the Megaliths Stone Circles

There are over 250 stone circles scattered across Ireland, often located in spectacularly beautiful locations. There are indications that stone circles have their origin in the Neolithic (c. 4000-2400 BC) though they are primarily a Bronze Age ritual monument (c. 2400-500 BC). Most Irish circles are believed to have been constructed between 3000 and 500 BC.

Occasionally bodies have been found during excavations, though not often enough to suggest that they were burial grounds. Nor do excavations tend to reveal artefacts, such as pottery or jewellery, so they are unlikely to have been places of daily use. Most experts agree that most of the stone circles had ritual functions based on the solar calendar.

Nearly all of the stone circles in Ireland are found in the mountainous regions which lie near the coastal edges of the country rather than the flatter midland areas. Unlike the larger circles found in the UK and Brittany, Irish stone circles tend to compliment the spectacular scenery that surrounds them, unlike the larger circles found in the UK and Brittany, which dominate the surrounding landscape.

There are 2 main groups of these monuments: The Ulster Series which are thought to be the earliest examples and are defined by small stones rarely exceeding 0.5m in height, which often occur in groups and are associated with long stone rows.

The Cork/Kerry Series is characterised by an uneven number (5-19) of taller stones which decrease in height from the tallest entrance stones to the ‘axial’ stone opposite which is sometimes flat rather than standing. These circles are rarely found in groups, though are associated with several other monu­ment types, such as Standing Stones, Stone Rows, Pairs and Radial Cairns, which are often found in close proximity to the circles.

As many of Ireland’s stone circles are on private land, they can sometimes be hard to find and get to. However, even though they are often quite small, they are worth seeking out, if even just for the spectacularly beautiful locations they are situated in.

Where a monument is on private land, PLEASE SEEK PERMISSION from the landowner before accessing it. Most landowners are happy to allow access to the monuments and are often the best people to direct you via the easiest and safest route.

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Sources: monumentalireland.ie/




Maria O'Farrell CarrMaria's Bio: Maria is a gifted healer, intuitive and medical intuitive from Ireland. She carries a vast wealth of experience from a life of passionate exploration of the profound healing and ancient Irish intuitive gifts she inherited from her mother and going back to her grandmothers, two great uncles who were well known healers of the sick and even as far back as her great, great, great, grandfather (b. 1837) who was known as the Irish Healer of Animals. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom comes from her deep study and relentless research. Maria offers Celtic Intuitive & Angel Card Reading thru Skype or phone to any were in the world. Maria grew up in Ireland and has travelled to over 16 countries and visited 245 cities. She has lived and travelled to Australia, Canada, North and South America, Europe and many places around the world. Maria has lived in the Okanagan, BC, Canada for years. She now lives part-time also back home in Ireland in the Spring and Autumn. Maria is the founder and publisher of 'OK In Health eMagazine' and Web site since 2014. www.OKinHealth.com is a beam of light in the wellness community. Maria was awarded the 2008 SOWINS, Women Up Front and Centre - Health & Wellness Award for her work on OK In Health eMagazine and the community. Over the years she has also worked as an Event Organizer and brought instructors to the Okanagan from all over the world. Maria was also involved at the grass root level in bringing in Dr Deepak Chopra. Gregg Braden and Dr. Wayne Dyer to the Okanagan valley. Maria has a wealth of experience in travel, as a healer and in events organizing. Maria hosts a weekly Health Column in 5 Okanagan newspapers. In 2013, Maria brought 30 people to Ireland for the 14 day Celtic Angel Ireland Tour and since then brings two tours over to Ireland each year. Maria has published two books on Sacred Ireland and is working on her third book. Maria continues to enjoy studying, travelling, offering sessions, working on OK In Health eMagazine, loving life in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and the Sacred Ireland Tours. - Maria O'Farrell Carr Website - Email


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