Le Meas, Lora O'Brien. The visitor's centre here has a small museum which contains information about the local area of Rathcroghan, County Roscommon whch was the seat of royalty in the west of Ireland for years. In the surrounding area there can be found many ancient earthworks.
The beauty of the museum is that a very knowledgeable guide will take you around and not only explain all about the actual site but also about it's place in irish history and what has been learn from various archeological explorations over the years. The knowledge we gained here was invaluable as we continued our travels through the irish countryside we were able to identify ancient sites from rolling hills.
We also found this information invaluable when we visited Tara a few days later. If you have a love of Irish history and all things old then this is for you. If you are looking for something that if high tech or will entertain the kids then perhaps this is not for you. Every time I travel to the west of Ireland I make sure to stop by this wonderfully exciting and engaging establishment. If you are a fan of archeology, mythology, history or just in search of a "neat find," Rathcroghan Royal Site is something you need to visit if you are anywhere near Roscommon.
I've always timed it just right to have a personal guided tour of the museum and each time I visit there is some new display or some interesting new archaeological find that has just been unearthed. One visit there was a team of archeology students working on the stone mound behind the museum and you could take a peek into a live dig! Don't miss the wonderfully sourced bookshop and gift store either!
You will find the most unique reading materials and gifts. The cafe also serves some delicious foods great soup!
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As you leave if on the N5 , don't forget to keep your eyes peeled on the roadside--there are about ringforts right off the road. This really is a hidden historical gem in the west. I came to the centre in search of information about the megalithic sites in the area. What I found was both wondrous and informative. I loved the video show, the excavation information on the mounds, the helpful staff, and the respectful exhibits.
A special word goes out for the cafe. The young chef was so nice, and the food was astonishingly good. Such good service, good price, and incredibly well prepared food. I would recommend anyone in the area stopping off to discover this gem of a centre. Add a tasteful gift shop and a decent bookshop into the bargain and you have the full package here at Cruachan Ai. I just got back from a conference organised by the staff here and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were well organised and helpful, the food in the cafe was lovely, and the site tours were well worth the visit.
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It is convex in shape with a diameter of 40 m and surrounded by a 7 m wide ditch.
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This grass-covered, steep-sided mound is suggested to date from the late phase in the Iron Age into the Early Medieval period. Although it is similar to a ringfort, the apex of the mound is considered too small. Potential post holes found at the top of the mound may suggest that this was the site of an Iron Age communal hall or similar circular structure. Geophysical surveys indicate evidence of hearths, pits and ovens on the interior which accords with the use of the mound for habitation.
West of Rathcroghan mound is a large circular ring fort with a considerable bank and external ditch. There are several breaks in the bank, one at the north east being a possible entrance.
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This is a large circular enclosure with a diameter of m and a stone and earth bank of 1 m high. In the interior of the enclosure there are traces of a smaller circular enclosure, with a diameter of 48 m. Ancient field boundary banks run across this site, seeming to divide it into four unequal segments, and the remains of five rectangular houses are visible in and around the site.
In the remains of a souterrain in the south-west quadrant were excavated and animal bones were found. This is a natural narrow limestone cave with a man-made souterrain at the entrance. Originally the entrance to the souterrain was contained within an earthen mound, which was disturbed by the construction of a road in the s. The souterrain is constructed of drystone walling, orthostats and lintels, and measures a total of approximately The natural cave extends for a further 37 m. This inscription is too incomplete to enable a confident reading.
It appears to be an embanked burial mound with an overall diameter of 40 m, with opposed entrances on the east and west. There is a pillar stone of red sandstone atop the mound, the stone standing 1. No graves were found at this excavation, although charcoal samples retrieved suggest a building date of between BC — AD. Folklore tells us that these huge earthworks are the results of the rooting of a giant boar, with muic being the Irish word for pig. They are two linear earthworks which consist of double banks with three accompanying ditches which run north-east and south-west in a curving parallel course at a distance of 78 m apart.
The Northern Mucklagh is the shorter of the two, measuring m, but is impressively massive in its construction. The Southern Mucklagh is significantly longer, measuring approximately m. The function of these earthworks is unclear.