Carrickglass

AKA The Labby Rock

The Clown Prince of Irish Dolmens, the Labby Rock has a capstone of approximately 65 tons. Built between 3,000-2,500 BC, this dolmen is situated at the bottom of a small valley in the townland of Carrickglass, this is one of my favorite megaliths as I have always had a feel for this site every since my first visit. The Labby Rock is called after the Irish word for bed leaba.

The limestone capstone was more than likely a glacial erratic as there are lots of large boulders lying around the whole area known as Moytirra. The door-stone can be seen in the picture below. see also Moytirra East.

Folklore: Diarmait and Grainne are believed to have slept here when fleeing from the Giant Fionn MacCumhaill, to whom Grainne was promised. Legend also says Nuada of the Silver Arm, King of the Tuatha De Danann is buried here, Nuada was killed in the Battle of Moytirra by Balor of the Evil Eye, King of the Formorians.

Irish dolmen is turned into 'baked potato'

Situated by Lough Arrow in Co Sligo. Drive to Castlebaldwin and follow the signs for Cromlech Lodge Hotel. From the hotel car park follow the yellow way marked 'Historical Trail' After around ten minutes you should reach the Labby Rock situated in the corner of a field, built into a wall.

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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