Keeping the dead in or the living out?

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Where: Ulster, Cavan, Ireland

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While the West of Ireland is so much in the news these days it is good to remember that the land, no more than the people, is rugged and varied. It has been settled for thousands of years and while the only traces may be circles in the land or old passage tombs like this one they are proof of life and death in the West. This Cromlech/Dolmen is in the Cavan Burren park in County Clare Cavan and is all bricked up which begs the question - to keep the dead in or the living out? Perhaps it was done more recently to provide shelter for people or animals?

Photographer: Irish Tourist Association Photographer

Collection: Irish Tourist Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1942

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 25 (Box I)

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 17/Apr/2023 09:07:16

    There is a similar looking thing in Donegal, used as a "fowlhouse". See No. 6 at -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Apr/2023 09:28:59

    The title in the catalogue is Megalithic Tomb, Burren - 3 negs, Killinagh, Co. Cavan. Which leads me to this page at megalithicireland: Burren, Cavan. Calf House, Portal Tomb Tombview It has a minimal wikipedia page which says it is from the Neolithic, so the date is no earlier than 3000 BCE.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Apr/2023 09:33:27 That makes a lot more sense. Mary

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Apr/2023 09:48:19

    It is in Cavan Burren Park, with marked trails and an interpretive centre, about 50 mins drive from Sligo or Carrick-on-Shannon. For once the modern idea of a tourist attraction matches the 1940s Irish Tourist Association view.

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    • 17/Apr/2023 10:03:35 Goody! Flickr is sometimes neolithically amazing! In September 2021 via

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    • 17/Apr/2023 19:05:35

    Why not both?

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    • 17/Apr/2023 19:06:35

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 18/Apr/2023 04:09:23

    Nice Capture! Congratulations On Explore!

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    • 18/Apr/2023 04:15:15

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ April 17, 2023

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    • 18/Apr/2023 04:31:23

    Glückwunsch zu Explore !

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    Marut Rata

    • 18/Apr/2023 04:44:18

    👍✨Congratulations on Explore ✨💚🍃

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    • 18/Apr/2023 06:10:06

    Congrats on Xplore!!

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    • 18/Apr/2023 06:13:39

    Congrats on Explore!⭐

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    rens copal

    • 18/Apr/2023 10:56:43

    Awesome ! my compliments ! Congrats on Explore ! , regards Rens

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    • 18/Apr/2023 15:32:51

    Congrats on Explore! ❤📷❤ brilliant image! regards Ian

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