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Darby's Bed + Poulaphuca

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Images of Ireland - Co.Limerick - Galbally Darby's Bed

Darby's Bed

This is a megalithic passage grave, dating back almost 4000 years. According to fable and folklore it is believed that it is the grave of Oilill Olum, who was one of the early kings of Munster. The tomb and the cairn, which is nearby, are a National Monument and are in the care of the Office of Public Works.

Darby's Bed

From Galbally, the 'tidiest town of Ireland 1994' it's a tough walk of 2 miles straight up the hill, but worth every single step. From top of the mountain a most impressive panorama of the Galtee Mountains and Glen of Aherhow in the east and the lowlands of Limerick in the west opens wide. There's something special about this place, barely to describe in words.

Co.Limerick Galbally - Darby's Bed
Images of Ireland - Co.Limerick - Galbally Darby's Bed

Darby's Bed

It is also believed that the eloping couple Diarmuid and Grainne rested here in their flight from the angry Fionn MacCumhaill. This is one of the most famous and touching legends, Ireland ever has heard. A sad and wonderful lovestory, which is told at length in the 8 chapters of the Fenian Cycle I recommend to get a big pot of tea, loads of chocolate, some traditional lovesongs, such as 'An Ataireachd Ard' and then let yourself dream away to the old times.

Poulaphuca

1 mile to walk, the sign says, that points up the hill to the Poulaphuca Tombstone. Well, the track seems to never end, more like a 3 miles distance - uphill the whole way and you may think, you missed it. In the Burren, the stony landscape near Ballyvaughan, Co.Clare, every single stone looks special - and there are millions.

Images of Ireland - Co.Clare - Burren Poulaphuca
Images of Ireland - Co.Clare - Burren Poulaphuca

Poulaphuca

The sight, you get from top of the mountain is breathtaking. "The Fairy's Cave", as this wedge tomb is called, again reminds of old legends. But if you believe in Pookas or not, just to know, these stones are there since thousands of years is touching. The roofstone is big enough to lay down and it's like a flash of the past to feel it under the back, if you're lucky, it is warmed up by the sun.

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