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Craig’s Dolmen?…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022…

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The history of Ireland can be perplexing.

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On the one hand, there are ample materials

stretching far back in time…

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And on the other,

it is clear that the materials, which

have been translated, have also been fiddled with.

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Nowhere is this more evident

than in the Lebor Gabala Erenn,

or ‘Book of the Takings of Ireland’,

where the early history of Ireland

is unceremoniously crow-barred

into a biblical narrative

by monkish clerics tasked with retelling the story.

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Where there really seven successive invasions

by seven different peoples

or is this just a convenient way

of aligning the narrative with the seven days of creation?

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One thing we can be sure of

but only because it is so difficult to hide…

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Before the takings,

there were original inhabitants on the land

who were, later known as Fomorians

and, demonised in the way that is usual

by the later usurpers of alien lands.

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Despite numerous defeats

by all the so called invading peoples

the Fomorians seem to have a remarkable

tenacity and longevity.

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It is almost as if they are wedded

to their land in some way…

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And they are still around to give battle,

as the narratives demand,

when the final wave of incursions is underway.

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It may just be that the Fomorians,

cast as malevolent, demonic, giants,

were merely the mythological

remnants of a traditional, ancient Irish, dream-time.

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And as for Craig…

He does not actually have a dolmen.

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He has, instead, the remnants of

a neolithic chambered passage tomb,

which has been made to look like a dolmen,

sometime during the nineteenth century.

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Well weird, huh?

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