Drowned passage tomb (Rathmore/Ringarory Island)

Drowned passage tomb (Rathmore/Ringarory Island)
Drowned passage tomb (Rathmore/Ringarory Island)

It's a rainy day today, but within the 10 minutes that a watery sun shows itself, the drowned passage tomb just east of Ringarory Island peeps up behind a rocky little island. I am looking at a wetland area, full of birds, just south of the bridge that connects the mainland (at the village of Rathmore, along the road from Skibbereen to Baltimore) to Ringarory Island. It's half-tide and the birds know it. A curlew (wulp) walks along the rocks and has its lunch. From the bridge there are two roads onto the island but, after a few minutes walk, either one of them gives a fine view to the SSE, to 'The Lag' in the estuary of the Ilen river, where the tomb is situated.

This Megalithic tomb is also mentioned on the map (1:50.000, Discovery Series of the Ordnance Survey, nr. 88). It has been found only 25 years ago by local people, in a period when archeologists had just found an explanation about why passage graves did NOT appear in this part of the Irish south coast. Since then, other passage graves have been found, such as the one in Cape Clear (see below).

Read more about the drowned tomb of Ringarory Island in:

[this information will soon follow]

09 januari 2018

Passage Grave on the top of Clear Island (Sherkin Island in the back)

The remnants of a passage grave, on the top of Clear Island
The remnants of a passage grave, on the top of Clear Island

Right on the very top of Clear Island, the most southern island of Ireland, near to the two windturbines that supplied the electricity almost half a century ago, are the remnants of a Stone Age passage grave. It is not easy to recognise a pattern in the heap of stones, but you can see a little depression (the chamber) in the middle and a circle (cairn) of stones around. The circle is about 15 m in diameter. Next to this site to NW is a modern cairn, a few meters high.

This location, 160 m high, gives a marvellous view towards the NE, to Sherkin Island and the other surrouding islands and peninsula.

09 januari 2018

What To Expect

Detail of the world map by the Dutch cartographer Blaeu
Detail of the world map by the Dutch cartographer Blaeu

In this chapter about SW-Ireland you will soon find stories about the three most southernly megalithic constructions:

- Clear Island passage grave (Co. Cork)

- Drowned passage tomb near Ringarory Island, Baltimore (Co. Cork)

- Drombeg stone circle (Co. Cork)

And a story based on a former journey to Valentia Island (Co. Kerry) about:

- Skellig Islands, on geology, island erosion, monastry and birdlife (Co. Kerry)

- the Tetrapod trackway on Valentia island, trace fossils in Devonian sediments

08 januari 2018