Ballybrack Dolmen – Ancient Link

Ancient stones

Ancient stones

It’s often the case that when you have something ‘on your doorstep’ that it’s ignored for another time. And that was certainly the case, for me, when I decided to check out the Dolmen near Ballybrack village. I knew about it for a long time but had put my visit on the long finger until a few days ago. It was warm and sunny when I arrived and the old stones looked bright and sharp in the middle of the green that is almost surrounded by modern houses. (It is on a green in Cromlech Fields, and it’s no surprise that cromlech is another word often used to describe such ancient structures.) What was it like here on the day the last stone was put in place, I wondered, and walked to the group of heavy stones.

Back in time

Back in time

I read that the large, roof stone weighs about twelve tons and that must have taken some effort to set it in place. Thinking about that and the commitment of those who first decided and then erected the structure it must have been important to them, and it’s a statement of the focus and skill that it is still standing after, possibly, more than four millennia.  A small, stone beside the dolmen says that it is a Dolmen, Portal Tomb, circa 2,500 BC – a timeframe that is impossible to understand. Since that time, getting on for nearly five thousand years, almost all of recorded history has come and gone and the dolmen is still standing and awaiting the next sunrise. There are many dolmens around the country, but having one so close to home and easy to visit it was a real treat to see it, and think about druids in flowing robes carrying out mystical rituals by firelight back in the mists of time.

Ballybrack Dolmen - link to ancient times

Ballybrack Dolmen – link to ancient times



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2 responses to “Ballybrack Dolmen – Ancient Link

  1. Eva

    Hi, I’m actually doing a school project on this dolmen! I was wondering if you knew anything else about it, or if you knew any places I could find information on it? Thanks!

    • Hi there, the answer, I’m afraid, is No. I had often seen the dolmen, and when I wanted to write a piece on it for my blog I went online to get some information. I also went to the Lexicon and looked through books that dealt with Ancient Irish sites and Monuments – make sure to speak with the librarians as they can be very helpful. I’d say this is the best way to find out more about the dolmen and other ‘old stones’ in South Dublin. Happy hunting!

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