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SITE NAVIGATION GUIDE

Ancient Sites
Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Tara, Loughcrew, Fourknocks and more. Megalithic mounds, standing stones, neolithic sites. Hundreds of photos, lots of information.
Click here to go there | More about the sites

Mythology and Folklore
Ulster Cycle/Tain, the full translation; stories of the Tuatha Dé Danann; Dindshenchas placename lore; A-Z of Irish myth, and more.
Click here to go there | More about mythology

Art and paintings
Paintings of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth; art inspired by 5,000-year-old carvings; mythical art; free fonts and wallpapers.
Click here to go there | More about art

Astronomy
Information and evidence about how the ancient stone builders were astronomically astute; guide to sun and moon movements; information about old constellations.
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The High Man
A vast figure of a warrior could be the earliest representation of the constellation Orion on the face of the planet. The "High Man" measures 12 miles from head to foot.
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Helpful maps
Stone Map - A clickable map showing some of the major Stone Age and ancient sites in Ireland. Other maps listed below.
See the Stone Map of Ireland
See the Brú na Bóinne map
See the Boyne Valley interactive map
See the Hill of Tara map
See the Loughcrew map

Picture galleries
There are quite literally hundreds of photos on Mythical Ireland. Some of the bigger and more interesting galleries are listed below.
Carvings in the chamber of Newgrange Knowth's kerbstones Kerb art from Dowth Hill of Tara photo gallery A selection of images from Loughcrew Astronomy - photos of the day and night skyPictures from Ireland: a gallery of photos covering various subjects. Photographs of the Winter Solstice Airplanes photo galleries

Mythical Ireland Forum
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Information and news
Mythical Ireland provides up-to-date news on archaeology, astronomy and the weather.
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Island of the Setting Sun
Information about our book, which is the definitive account of Ireland's ancient astronomers.
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Newgrange
Newgrange, one of the world's most famous ancient monuments, was built around 3150BC. It is surrounded by giant standing stones and has a kerb of 97 stones. At Winter Solstice, the sun shines into the passage and chamber through the roofbox.
Click here to go there 101 Facts about Newgrange

Knowth
Knowth was built around 3300BC and has two passages facing towards the east and west. The carved stones contain a quarter of Western European neolithic art. An extensive excavation has revealed a wealth of information about the site.
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Dowth
There are two passages at Dowth, which is about the same age as Newgrange and Knowth. One passage is aligned on Winter Solstice sunset. Dowth was excavated, albeit very badly, in the 1840s.
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Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara is the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. There are a multitude of remains on the hill, including a passage mound, the Mound of the Hostages, which dates to between 2500-3000BC.
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Loughcrew
The Loughcrew hills, Carnbane East and West, contain a scattering of Stone Age cairns. Most famous is Cairn T, where sunlight at dawn on the equinoxes illuminates the backstone of the chamber.
Click here to go to Loughcrew

Fourknocks
Fourknocks is a small megalithic mound in County Dublin which sits in the direction of Winter Solstice sunrise as viewed from Newgrange. Fourknocks is about 5,000 years old and has a large oval-shaped chamber with three recesses.
Click here to go to Fourknocks

Carrowmore / Carrowkeel
There are a plethora of cairns and passage-tombs in County Sligo, including Cairn G which has a roofbox similar to that at Newgrange, and the famous Maeve's carin on Knocknarea.
Click here to go to the Co. Sligo sites

More ancient sites
There are a plethora of other interesting ancient sites featured on Mythical Ireland.
Click here for Baltray standing stones
Click here for Ireland's Stonehenge
Click here for the Hill of Slane
Click here for the Proleek Dolmen

Aerial Photographs
Some nice photographs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Tara from the air are featured in the Ancient Sites section.
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The Ulster Cycle
Includes a complete translation of the epic "Irish Iliad", the Táin Bó Cuailnge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley, which features the warrior hero Cúchulainn.
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The Finn Cycle
Stories of the mythical warrior band the Fianna, Finn MacCool and Oisin. Including the "Hunt of Slieve Cuilinn" and "The birth of Fin MacCumhail".
Click here to go there

The Tuatha Dé Danann
The mythical race of gods of ancient Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann were said to have descended from the clouds, and were strong and beautiful beings, superior to mortals.
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Dindshenchas - places
A collection of poetry from various sources which deals with the placenames of ancient Ireland and reveals how eminent places came to get their names.
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Myth concordance
A comprehensive dictionary of Irish mythology and legend based on 'Gods and Fighting Men' by Lady Augusta Gregory, first published in 1904 - the characters, deities and places of Irish myth.
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Astronomical mythology
Read the ancient stories which reveal a great interest in astronomy and the sky during ancient times.
Click here to go to Loughcrew

Other myths & legends
The Excellence of the ancient word: Druid Rhetorics from ancient Irish tales. Lengthy but fantastic article, including Amergin's Challenge. Click here to go there
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: An English translation by Whitley Stokes (1910) of a very ancient Irish epic which was written down about 1100AD.
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The Second Battle of Moytura. Nuadu Silver-Arm leads the Tuatha Dé Danann in battle against the Fomorians.
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Paintings & Art
Paintings and art by a variety of artists inspired by the Stone Age and mythology.
Richard Moore - paintings of the Stone Age sites of the Boyne Valley - Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth.
Raymond Balfe - paintings of Dowth & Newgrange.
Lloyd Graham - Irish megalithic images as eletronic art.
Catherine McGagh - paintings inspired by myths, megaliths and the landscape.
Brian Boylan - paintings inspired by Irish myths, including the Salmon of Knowledge & Tir na nÓg.
Newgrange Quilt - a special quilt by Rozemaryn Van der Horst
Jane Tomlinson - Stonehenge, Avebury and the Rollright Stones.
Jessica Galbreth - Fantasy Art - Tuatha Dé Danann and others.
Kerem Gogus - Digital fantasy art, inspired by ancient Ireland and the stars.

Free desktop wallpapers
A total of 14 beautiful FREE desktop wallpapers in a variety of sizes for you to download. From 640x480 up to 1152x864. Free banners also.
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Free fonts and dingbats
12 special fonts and dingbats for you to download. Including Celtic fonts, space fonts, an ogham font and Lord of the Rings fonts.
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Mythical Ireland movie
This short flash movie captures the essence of what Mythical Ireland is about. The movie is 436k and may take a few moments to load.
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More sites
A listing of more artists' websites which feature work related to the themes explored on Mythical Ireland.
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