Legananny the pillar stone of Anya by ragman

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*Legananny Dolmen

Dolmens are also called portal tombs, and are the simplest and most spectacular of all Neolithic tombs (2500 – 2000 B.C.)

There is no more a photogenic one than this tripod dolmen with long slender legs and a theatrical setting on the south-west slope of Slieve Croob in South Down, near to Leitrim and Castlewellan County Down.

The long flat capstone balances elegantly on three unusually tall and thin upright stones, the tallest of which is exactly 2 metres high.

A slab lying in the middle of the chamber may have always been there but it could be one of the boulders from the cairn over the tomb.

The people who built this wonderful granite structure covered covered it up with a mound of stones and earth. There are slight traces of grass all round except on the farm track side.

People have always wondered about these impressive stone monuments. These thoughts are reflected in the names they gave; ~ Druid’s Altar, Giant’s Grave, and ‘Diarmuid and Grainne’s Bed’ derived from a popular folk tale, is also common.

The name dolmen applied by early antiquarians is from the Breton word ‘tolmen’ meaning stone table.

Legananny Dolmen has given the townland its name.

Liagan Aine means ‘pillar stone of Anya’ who was the mythological mother goddess loved by the warrior Finn McCool (of Giant’s Causeway fame).

Other nearby monuments are:
Goward Dolmen
Kilfeaghan Dolmen
Sliddery Ford Dolmen
Annadorn Dolmen and
Ballynoe Stone circles.

A similar type dolmen can also be found at the Giant’s Ring on the Southern outskirts of Belfast.*

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From Mill Isle, Ireland tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and shade. Space, Shape, Shade & Structure and story-telling

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  • ragman
    ragmanover 5 years ago


  • JDNarts
    JDNartsover 5 years ago

    Powerful image, and well captured.
    Pity for the fencing in the background.

  • Thank you
    I totally agree with you about the fencing; there was no way not capturing it in the photograph; and I would not ’shop it out later as it would then imply to tourist visitors that it is in the open

    – ragman

  • Fossdos
    Fossdosover 5 years ago

    I drove all the way from Ballycastle to photograph this dolmen in July 70 and had the same problem with the fences.

  • Still worth capturing though; and it is on farmland; I really think that the Dept’ should look at a solution though

    – ragman

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 5 years ago

    I am always in awe of such stones and neolithic works. It is amazing what they achieved without all the cranes and trucks and equipment we have now. Great shot. I think you were right to leave the fence, as that is the true state, contrasting the magnificent stones with today’s landscape.

  • One can’t really state that they achieved this without all the cranes and trucks and equipment; but they achieved the same outcomes with something perhaps more crude but also more ingenious than the workhorses we have today

    – ragman

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenover 5 years ago

    Lovely shot

  • Thank you Glen, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

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