Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone is the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland and one of the most photographed dolmens in the country.

This iconic portal tomb is located in a field beside the Corofin-Ballyvaughan road on the high Burren limestone plateau.

It is one of the most famous Irish dolmens and it is the second most visited attraction in the Burren, after the Cliff of Moher. The name Poulnabrone literally means 'the hole of the sorrows'. The thin capstone sits on two high portal stones to create a chamber and a low cairn.

Un-cremated remains were found in the chamber as well and a number of grave goods were found in the tomb: a polished stone axe, two stone disc beads, a perforated bone pendant, part of a bone pin, two quartz crystals, flint and chert arrowheads and scrapers and over 60 shards of coarse pottery.

Dating back to the Neolithic period, it is one of the 172 portal tombs in Ireland.


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