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Proleek Portal Tomb, Legananny Dolmen and Binder’s Cove Souterrain

On our short trip to Northern Ireland we ended up seeing prehistoric and historic sites (as usual) and these are three of them. 

The first one is just South of the border in the Republic of Ireland. Proleek (’obscure’) Portal Tomb is a large structure over twice my height, which was likely built by farming communities around 3000 BC and would have had a burial mound around it. The large stones served as an entrance to the tomb. 

The second one is called ‘Legananny Dolmen’ and is found in County Down. It is much smaller, but also impressively held up by pointy stone pillars. ‘Dolmen’ probably comes from the Breton word ‘tolmen’, meaning ‘stone table’, which refers to the flat stone on top. Again, built by the same type of people around 2500 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding area derives its name from this dolmen, which means ‘The Pillar Stone of Anya’. Anya is a mythological mother goddess, who the legendary warrior Finn MacCool fell in love with.  

Just a few miles from Legananny Dolmen is a souterrain, known as ‘Binder’s Cove’ or locally as ‘Finnis Souterarrain’. This is probably a left-over from early medieval Christian times, when people lived in ring-forts. Souterrains generally ran below or near ring-forts and were likely designed to protect people from raids with a narrow entrance, which could be easily defended. This particular one is likely from the 5th century AD. The main tunnel is 30 meters long and about 1.5 meters high (ducking is essential) with some alcoves branching off, which may occasionally have been used for storage. 

Northern Ireland vlog on Youtube. 

Horsehead Highlights 

Who sees the horsehead drinking from the ocean?

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Who else can see the cracked Dragon Egg? Or just me?

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Lee, NH, Sunflower Festival

This was such a surreal moment; looking at the landscape below me and how it seemed to stretch to infinity

Almost no sign of civilization 🍂

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‘Horsehead Highlights’ – (2019)

Who sees the horses head drinking out of the ocean? Let me know when you see it.

My favourite kind of light is right here captured within this photograph! About 30 minutes before the sun actually rises the way the light bounces around and paints in the landscape with soft glow is the reason why it’s my favourite kind of light.

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‘Horsehead Highlights’ – (2019)

Who sees the horses head drinking out of the ocean? Let me know when you see it.

My favourite kind of light is right here captured within this photograph! About 30 minutes before the sun actually rises the way the light bounces around and paints in the landscape with soft glow is the reason why it’s my favourite kind of light.

https://www.coreycrawfordimagery.com/shop

Slieve Croob and the surrounding countryside, Northern Ireland

Slieve Croob can be translated to ‘Mountain of the Hoof’ and though it is not very high (534 m), it is apparently over 380 Million years old, even older than the Mourne Mountains, which you can see looming on the other side. This whole area was once shaped by big ice sheets pushing down from Donegal during the Ice Age. On top of Slieve Croob you find the 12 Cairns, which are Neolithic burial chambers (possibly put together from one big one originally). Neolithic farming communities would settle in the fertile valleys below between 4000BC and 2000BC and they have erected many impressive stone structures all around the area. Slieve Croob was also traditionally the place where Lughnasa was celebrated, the festival dedicated to the Celtic sun god Lugh. It was celebrated in August to prolong the period of sunshine into the harvest months. People would pick bilberries (also known as ‘blaeberries’, giving it the name ‘Blaeberry Sunday’) on the way up and then sing, dance and play the fiddle. This was done on Slieve Croob well into the 1950s.

A Northern Ireland vlog is up on Youtube. 

Inside x Out
Which one do you choose 1 or 2?

Many times visiting this 100+ year old abandoned train tunnel I have seen it in many conditions. If I were to choose my favourite it’ll have to be 1 due to it being an oldie of mine and still a best seller.
Which ones your favourite? 1 or 2? Let me know below.