A Student of History

March 18, 2007

Dolmen Threatened in Kildare

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 2:25 pm

Some problems with regards to an Irish dolmen in County Kildare.  Local builders are, it seems, causing great damage to it and its surroundings.  A brief part of the story from the local Kildare paper:

IT has been alleged that there were attempts to remove a dolmen at Grangebeg between Monasterevin and Kildare Town recently.

“The dolmen is under severe threat of damage due to building work that is being carried out on the site,” said Barry Walsh, secretary of the Monasterevin Historical Society.

Another member of the historical society noticed that some work was being carried out on the site last Saturday week (3 March). He went back to the site on Monday at 7am and noticed that the earthwork surrounding the dolmen had been bulldozed and the stones had been covered by hedges and trees that had been uprooted from another part of the site.

“I believe that hedges and trees had been gathered to be burned and this would have caused serious damage to the stones,” he told the Kildare Nationalist.

The concerned historian also alleges that a rath was removed from the site and is worried that another site of archaeological interest close by could also be in danger.

A dolmen is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of three or more upright stones (megaliths) supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table). There are lots of them in Ireland, the British Isles and Europe.

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