Sundials in Ireland - Prehistoric Sun Alignments and Dials

Carrowkeel, Co. Sligo

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Carrowkeel cairn 'G'. The slab stone entrance 'door' is lying open
Photo by permission of Ken Williams

Carrowkeel, An Ċeaṫrú Ċaol , Gaelige for 'the Narrow Quarter', is a Neolithic passage tomb cemetery in the south of County Sligo, near Boyle, County Roscommon.

Inside Carrowkeel cairn 'G'. Sunset at the midsummer solstice
Photo by permission of Ken Williams

There are fourteen passage tombs in Carrowkeel and Cairn 'G' incorporates a roofbox, an opening over the entrance which admits a beam of light from the sun at sunset at the midsummer solstice and illuminates the interior of the tomb. The only other example of a roofbox currently known in Ireland is at Newgrange.

The Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery is located in south County Sligo, Ireland about 10 miles north of Boyle off the N4. From the village of Castlebaldwin, head west on a minor road into the Bricklieve mountains, following the signs for Carrowkeel Passage Tombs.

Lat 54° 3' North    Long 8° 23' West

Irish Grid      G   175400    311900

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