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Mound of Down…

County Down, Thursday, June 16th, 2022…

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Such is the size and nature of these structures

that the photographers art can seldom do them justice.

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The front end of the enclosure is massive

and since the re-encroachment of nature

it now just looks like a huge wall of trees.

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Artistic impression of the mound settlement in the ninth century

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Despite historical insistence that such

features were defensive

it is far more likely that they were symbolic.

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Folklore links wild oxen with the site,

and it may well be that its design

takes its inspiration from the hoof of an ox.

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Curiously, from above,

the site looks like nothing less

than a single eye…

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Which eye holds singular views.

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From at least two of its sides.

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The original name of the site,

in Irish, is Dun Lethglaise.

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In the tale we are considering,

the Fomorian man of art,

Loch Lethglas (half-green),

opposes Lug in a magical contest.

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What lies beneath?

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