Acrylic on board, 40×50cms.
This dolmen can be found on the slopes of Slieve Croob in County Down. I alway think it looks like it is about to slide off at any moment but it has stood the test of time, having been around for some 5000 years.
Dating from the megalithic period, it is the portal grave of a chieftain. The heavy stones would have been dragged some distance before being set in place. The three supporting stones are unusually long and there are slight traces of a cairn which must have been far more extensive. Court cairns were probably temples of a kind, where farming communities paid respect to departed ancestors and invoked magical help to ensure good harvests.