The Burren

The Burren, County Clare, Ireland is home to the Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyaban Fairy Fort.  I love the mystery and tales that haunt Ireland, and the Irish have such wonderful way of telling those stories.  On the Galway Tour Company tour, our guide told us about the legends of the fairies, as we approached the Ballyaban Fairy Fort.  All over Ireland, there are forts and mounds that are left untouched, as to not disturb the fairies or the dead.  One doesn’t disrupt a fairy fort, or the fairies will seek their revenge through death or other merciless acts.  The Poulnabrone Dolmen, on the other hand, is a little less mystical.  It is dated to 4200 and 2900 BC and excavations found 16 to 23 children and adult bodies buried beneath it, along with personal items.  It is thought to have been a ceremonial site, or a territorial marker.  Both locations, within minutes of each other, reflect the ever changing landscape of the Irish countryside and it’s tremendous beauty.

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