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Poulnabrone Dolmen one of Irelands most iconic monuments from the prehistoric era is situated high up on the Burren limestone plateau. It is also one of the most visited location in the Burren second only to the Cliffs of Moher and is also the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland. Poulnabrone is sometimes wrongly translated as “Hole of Sorrows” However, “brone” is derived from the Irish bró, meaning quern
Poulnabrone Portal Tomb
Poulnabrone is classified as a portal tomb which are known as having two large stones standing on each side of the entrance capped with a huge capstone. Another huge stone lies on the ground towards the rear of the tomb and was most likely a second capstone fitted in under the main capstone and covered the back of the tomb.
Built on Limestone
Poulnabrone was built on limestone pavement surrounded by a low mound of rocks. The upright stones aren’t wedged into the fissures which are common in the limestone. The limestone flagstones which were used to build the monument would have been extracted from the surrounding limestone pavement.
Archaeology of Poulnabrone
Excavations in the 1980’s revealed the remains of 21 people in the main tomb chamber and dating of their bones show that the tomb was in continual use for a period of 600 years between 5,200 and 5,800 years ago. The bones show signs of wear that suggests hard physical labour was the norm for the people of the time
Visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen
- Poulnabrone is located in a rocky field in the townland of Poulnabrone, south of Ballyvaughan in County Clare.
- Admission is free and is open year round.
- Caution must be taken as the ground is extremely uneven.
Other Things To Do on Cliffs of Moher Day Tour
Poulnabrone dolmen is one of the most photographed megalithic monument in Ireland. If you’re taking one of our day tours to the Cliffs of Moher then you should ask your driver about a visit to this mystical monument.
Located in the heart of the Burren In Co. Clare. It is easily accessible from both Galway and Shannon. Located in the Burren’s terraced mountainside, has one of the most beautiful views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the Burren.