Sweat House

After I had visited the megalithic sites in the Burren area of Cavan, I decided I was so close to the sweathouse here at Legeelan that I would have to drop down to see it. Sweathouses are usually quite difficult to spot, but because the entrance is facing you this one can be easily spotted from the road. There are a lot of theories as to the purpose of sweathouses and also as to when they were first built in Ireland. But I will let you form your own ideas about their use, for a really good article on Irish Sweathouses may I recommend you visit Anthony Weirs site click here.

I hope to add more sweathouses to the web site as I visit more megaliths in and around the Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh areas. There are also number of stone cashels in Moneycashel not far from here.

Situated: Near the entrance to the Burren prehistoric complex About 5 kilometres south of Blacklion on the Cavan Way. Drive south from the forest entrance till you reach the next right turn for Moneycashel. The sweathouse is in the field to your right 40 metres up this road behind some derelict farm buildings.

Discovery Map 26: H 0658 3401. Last visit Apr 2007.

Longitude: 7° 53' 56" W

Latitude: 54° 15' 17" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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