The Stirring Rock, right and the 'megalith', left, 1 km to the south of Carrowkeel. The Stirring Rock was a rocking stone. The megalith is some kind of ancient structure, possibly a portal dolmen.
Cairn A
Cairn B
Cairns C & D
Cairn F
Cairn G
Cairn H
Cairn K
Cairn L
Cairns M & N
Cairns O & P

The Caves of Kesh
Kesh Corran
Kesh Mythology
Kesh Cairn
Sections of Cairn F
More sections from F
Section of Cairn G
Astronomy at Cairn G
More astronomy
Sections & plans
Panorama from Carrowkeel

Take a virtual tour of five of the cairns on the excellent Voices from the Dawn
Carrowkeel page.

 The Stirring Rock

The megaliths at Carrowkeel are part of a cross-country spiritual energy grid. Thie main line, a monster of a ley passes north of Carrowkeel, the Garavogue line as I call her, bounded between Aideen's dolmwn on the Hill of Howth and Queen Maeve's cairn on Knocknarea. The Bricklieve line is tied into the Garavogue by Kesh cairn, the Pinnacle, which is due south of the highest summit of the Sliabh da Ean monuments.

Cairns H and G, with the possible remains of a dolmen in the foreground. Some strange experiments with lights going on! Picture © Leo Regan

This was the only cairn the excavators found with its entrance open, but the passage was blocked by a fallen stone not far in. They entered the chamber from above by removing tons of roofing flags and stones, supposedly with the aid of dynamite, and are responsible for the present state of the monument. The cairn proved to contain a pentagonal chamber at the end of a curved or bent passage, which may be a forerunner to the western passage at Knowth.


Looking into the entrance of Cairn H on the full moon.

Cairn H is aligned to the sunsets sometime between the equinoxes and the summer solstice and is probably aligned to the setting of one of the minor lunar standstills.

The Stirring Rock at Carrowkeel is a rocking stone that was tipped off its pedistal in the 1940's, supposedly by agents of the Catholic church, who wanted to put an end to the 'pagan' traditions of the local people, who used to come up and dance around the stone. Beside the tumbled rock is some type of megalithic structure, possibly a dolmen. These sites are in a valley 1 km south of Cairn F, the only cairn visible from here. There are four small caves and a standing stone nearby.