Barrow Graves, Slane

Barrow Graves, Slane

Southeast of Slane there are the three most prominent barrow graves in Ireland.

You may not want to miss these on any tours of Ireland.


The most notable is the passage grave of Newgrange.

The site is assumed to be roughly 4,500 years old.

The hill of round stones covers an area of some 2 acres.


The next most notable is the site at Dowth.

When one climbs down into its depths, one feels something of the mystery and danger of the past.


Then we have the tomb at Knowth.

It concealed its treasures for 4,000 years until it was discovered in 1967.

Knowth was a royal seat in the ninth and tenth centuries, and somewhat later, the Normans used it as a fort.


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