Carrowkeel

(Loacated off the N4, south of Sligo City in the Bricklieve Mountains)


Carrowkeel, located in the Bricklieve Mountains (speckled mountains), is quite a hike to the top.  But the hike is worth it because the views are absolutely spectacular. These are passage tombs that were believed to have been built around 4,000 BC (6,000 years old), although this date is debatable. These cairns are aligned with the Summer Solstice sun, Winter Solstice moonrise, and the setting sun of Samhain and Imbolc. These were examined in 1911 and were given letters for identification such as Cairn A, B, C. Cremated remains were found, but no evidence of megalithic artwork such as Knowth, Newgrange and Loughcrew. It’s believed that these Cairns are older than the others. There are 14 visible tombs at Carrowkeel.



Carrowmore

(Located not too far from Sligo City)


At Carrowmore there are over 60 tombs and this is the largest prehistoric cemetery in Ireland. It’s believed that the earliest tombs at this site were built around 5,400 BC (over 7,000 years ago). The bulk of the building was between 4300 and 3500 BC. There are debates going on regarding the actual date of construction of these various cairns. Whatever the actual date is, they’re pretty darn old, older than the pyramids. Carrowmore also has the remains of an Old Stone Age village.


Creevykeel

(Located Right on the N15 approximately 20 minute drive North of Sligo City)


This is a good example of a Court Tomb. There are 350 known court tombs in Ireland. During excavations in 1935, a chalk ball was discovered, which is an item similar to those found in Brittany. This may suggest that court tombs pre-date passage tombs, but this is all up to debate since this site was built between 4000 and 2500BC whereas some Passage tombs are believed to have been built earlier. Also found here were 4 cremation burials, Neolithic pottery, flint arrowheads, and polished stone axes. There doesn’t seem to be any particular alignment at this site.