Drumskinney…

County Fermanagh, Wednesday 15th June, 2022…

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With these ‘fellas’ as a prelude

we could be forgiven

for thinking the day was to end with a bang.

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But what we got was a sort of summation.

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Drumskinney has the look

and feel of a show circle

but it does confirm many of the impressions

gained from our morning sojourn at Little-Big Moor…

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The Head-Stones of Boa Isle…

County Fermanagh, Wednesday, June 15th, 2022…

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Despite the plaited hair

this side of the ‘Janet and John’ stone

is now regarded as a masculine figure.

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Whilst this is the feminine.

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The hair of the two figures is entwined,

and it may be that the ‘belts’ of both figures

is actually a binding.

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In the oldest part of the Battle of Moytura,

the ‘Good-God’ of the Crafty Folk, who is also a giant,

takes the Morrigan on his back into battle…

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Creggandevesky…

County Tyrone, Wednesday, June 18, 2022…

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Another court-cairn…

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‘Editions of You’…

‘Light & Dark’

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Outback of ‘ORC’

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‘Wild-Woman’

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‘Bird-Lady’

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‘Womb-Woman’

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‘Birthday-Girl’

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Field of Towers…

County Tyrone, Wednesday, June 18, 2022…

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Barbrook One* on Big Moor

in Derbyshire, England, follows a similar pattern.

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But there, the cairn is associated with only one circle.

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And the cairn has a different structure.

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The stones heaped

in a mound

rather than a hub.

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Though there are cairns

like that on Little-Big Moor too…

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Little-Big Field…

County Tyrone, Wednesday, 15th June, 2022…

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Maybe, the magical battle

is still going on?

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The Fomorians are described as

one-eyed, one-legged, and one-armed?

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Which could just mean that they

were regarded as being deformed in some way?

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Some of our adversaries, these days,

are nothing if not single-minded…

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Tirnony Dolmen…

County Derry, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022…

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Should it surprise us that people

who lived so long ago

were engaged in magical practices?

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Hardly, and certainly not if we turn a critical eye

upon the nature of their monuments.

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But do the texts left to us say aught of all this?

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Why, of course they do, but only

if one can read between the lines…

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Ballymacaldrack…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June 2022…

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There are twenty-seven stones, or sockets for stones,

supporting the burial mound.

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The ‘rubble’ in the outer court shown above

on an old photograph from the nineteen-forty excavation,

would have been deposited when the site was closed,

and may have comprised some of the kerbstones

used as ‘packing’ for the mound.

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At which point the thresholds

to the chambers within the mound

were also sealed by dry-stone walling.

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Along with the magical act

of leaving highly polished

axe-heads in the walls…

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Court Cairns…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022…

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From a distance this looked like nothing

more or less than a giant moot.

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And maybe that is what it really was?

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In which case we ought really to have

sought permission before entering the fray…

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From an archaeological perspective

we had stumbled upon a court-cairn,

and a somewhat skeletal court-cairn at that!…

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Craig’s Dolmen?…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022…

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The history of Ireland can be perplexing.

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On the one hand, there are ample materials

stretching far back in time…

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And on the other,

it is clear that the materials, which

have been translated, have also been fiddled with.

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Nowhere is this more evident

than in the Lebor Gabala Erenn,

or ‘Book of the Takings of Ireland’,

where the early history of Ireland

is unceremoniously crow-barred

into a biblical narrative

by monkish clerics tasked with retelling the story…

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