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Nellies Rock?…

County Roscommon, Tuesday 26th July 2022…

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The ‘oldest’ tomb at Carrowmore has recently been

controversially dated to the Late Mesolithic,

using the latest new-fangled dating method,

but the folk of that time are not supposed to have been

building tombs and burying the remains of their kinsfolk.

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That privilege is reserved for the ‘agriculturalists’!

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Modern agriculturalists show little respect

for any of the monuments, be they Mesolithic, Neolithic

or indeed Bronze or Iron age…

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With many of the sites, even some of the

managed sites, resembling ‘Megalithic Zoos’…

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Boo Hoo!

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Although now ‘out of bounds’,

as late as the nineteenth century, allegedly,

Nellie and child once called this dolmen their home.

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Now, it just looks like an elephant,

or something even larger stamped on it…

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From an original painting, ‘Earth-walking’ by Sue Vincent.

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The first key is bigger than me

and inside is a box

identical but smaller

in order to fit

with another key…

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Key number two is as big as you

whose mote is my beam

now clearly seen as I click the lock

and find inside another box

identical but smaller…

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Key number three but

what will we see as we flick the lock

and peer inside the box?

A heart

blood-red and still beating…

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The ground starts to shake with footfalls

much bigger than me

and a large eye appears

at the window.

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‘Fee… Fie… Foh… Fum…’

says the Giant.

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Giants Dance – Stuart France & Sue Vincent

 

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