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Poulnabrone Dolmen
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Terry M
Sun Prairie, WI42 contributions
Sep 2022
I was fascinated by the history of the Poulnabrone Dolmen. They excavated the site some years ago and found a number of bodies, most in their 30s and 40s, but also an infant, along with some jewelry and tools. It dates back over 5000 years. Most of the bodies showed sings of 'arthritis.' I found that interesting for people so young, but Ireland was a cold and wet place (still is) with little hope for heat and shelter in those days. Also, I found an impressive castle along the road to the Dolmen -- Leamaneth Castle -- which dates back to about 1500, though the large windows were added about 150 years later when its' need as a fortress was less necessary. I was in Ireland in September of this year (2022). My interests were mainly history, and climbing up the Cliffs of Slieve League, in County Donegal -- believed to be the highest along the Atlantic (much higher than the Cliffs of Moher).
Written 9 October 2022
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Bernie O
Brigantine, NJ195 contributions
Jul 2022
If you are at all interested in history, you have to stop at Poulnabrone. The information provided about the sight is very informative, and once you get to see it, you just have to stop and take in the wonder of it. walking around it and viewing it from different angles is wonderful. The timing of our visit was perfect. As we were finishing our visit, 2 tour buses loaded with travelers were pulling into the parking lot. However, if we had been there while the busloads of people were visiting, it would not have taken away from our visit; there is plenty of room.
Written 20 August 2022
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,725 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a popular site, visited by many coaches, but the site itself was quite quiet when we visited. There is plenty of car parking available. Both parking and entry are free. There is a decent level of interpretation helping understanding of the site. A sizeable area of limestone 'pavement' can be accessed and explored from the monument itself.
Written 3 August 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL435 contributions
Jun 2022
Easy to find, a large parking area, good signage- all free. We got there just before several tour vans and had the place almost to ourselves. After reading so much about the "moon like landscape" of the Burren, it was really amazing to see it in person. What a cool experience to walk among the rocks and my son enjoyed hopping from rock to rock. It was just gorgeous with the wildflowers growing between them and the portal tomb itself has a mysterious and solemn feel. Highly recommend!
Written 25 June 2022
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kleeb1
Agoura Hills, CA105 contributions
Jun 2022
So glad we saw this. It was one of 4 Dolmen's we visited on our trip ( Proleek, Legananny, and Ballykeel ). We had the place to ourselves and it is an awesome piece of history. We arrived after the bus left and had the place to ourselves. There is another one just down the road a couple Km, but unable to access since it is on private property.
Written 16 June 2022
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Sandra O
Fernandina Beach, FL62 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I arrived in the parking lot around 0930 on the first Sunday morning in March. I spent 45 minutes at the site and did not see another soul except a farmer driving to his barn. There were no other cars in the parking lot.
The area is well tended and has informational signs about the history of the area. The dolmen is roped off but you can get within 10 feet or so if you have no walking disability and can walk across the limestone up to the rope. There is not really anything else there except the fields of limestone. The path to the viewing area is gravel. There are no trash cans and no toilets.
I came from Kinvara and the navigational system in my rental car took me the road-less-travelled down a one lane road over several large hills in the middle of cow fields. I was beginning to think I was lost. However, when I left the site it took me down a main road (turned right out of the parking lot).
Written 6 March 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,587 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Loved my visit to Poulnabrone, set majestically on a limestone pavement a short walk from the road.
It is incredibly well preserved though the Eastern side stone had to be replaced due to a crack. No wonder with a 1.5 tonne capstone perched on top for thousands of years!
Completely free, a decent sized car park and plenty of info boards as you walk along the gravel path to the dolmen.
One of the picture postcard stops in the Burren, an absolute must see.
Written 22 February 2022
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Erik K
Pittsburgh, PA657 contributions
Sep 2021
Free site to check out!
It was a little bit crowded, but the crowds do tend to move quickly.
The age of this, and the idea that it was built pretty much using their hands makes it that much more impressive.
It seemed bigger in pictures I've seen in the past, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out!
Written 2 October 2021
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Crazysurfkid
Halifax604 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The dolmen firstly is open. Ignore the "reported closed".
To say how old this is, it's pretty impressive, especially when you consider the size of the slabs.
Unless you're a druid or witch, don't expect to spend more than 16 minutes there (that includes 7 minutes walk either way).
If you forgot to pick up that super special joss stick or candle or cheap pagan ring, don't worry. There is a stall there for your convenience.
Oh....and parking/viewing is free.
Written 22 August 2021
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TomSean
County Cork, Ireland27 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
You can walk around here with a sense that your toes are really touching history!
We were there in the afternoon and there were very few around.
If you’re wandering through the burden it’s worth a stop.
The on-site guide gives an oral history which is interesting and comprehensive.
It’s a spot for great photos!
Written 16 July 2021
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