Muntermellan, county Donegal: Dermot and Grania's Bed or The Dane's Cave*

Tucked between two rocky ridges overlooking Dunfanaghy, the sea, and a panorama of Errigal and Muckish mountains beyond, this tomb is bolder and more dramatic than most modern sculpture. There are two roofstones - a table-like horizontal slab, and a larger one which has been displaced and now leans against the slender upright portal-slab on the right. Obviously, the entrance-portals have been pushed together both before and after the capstone slipped.

C 018 388 - Sheet 2

Nearest village: Dunfanaghy


*The Dane's Cave is a name dating from the 18th century,
when antiquarians thought that Vikings were responsible for Irish megaliths and earthworks.

 

 

 

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