Loughcrew Cairns: A Visitor's Guide
- is a guidebook to one of County Meath's premier heritage sites.
In the Foreword Manchán Magan, travel writer and documentary-maker, describes it as
"a guide to help explain the elements of our wisdom and culture that we have left in the landscape".
The authors – some of whom have worked as OPW guides on the site – hope that their work will enhance the experience of some of the thousands of visitors to the site each year.
Loughcrew The Cairns a guide
by Jean McMann.
Introduction to the cairns at Loughcrew in County Meath, Ireland. First
published in 1993 by the local After Hours Books
based in nearby
Oldcastle, this short guild (48 pages) it is selling for inflated prices on
Amazon, however it is still available for the cover price at Loughcrew Gardens
where the key to Loughcrew Cairn T is kept.
: Discovery of the Tomb of Ollamh Fodhla, by Eugene A. Conwell.
First published in 1873, now available as a facsimile edition, published in 2005.
Later research was to prove Loughcrew Cairn T to be a Neolithic (Stone Age) tomb,
about two thousand older than proposed in Eugene Conwell's book.
However this short book (69 pages) is still worth having for the drawings of the symbols on the
Cairns at Loughcrew.
The Stones of Time
- Calendars, Sundials and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland, by Martin Brennan,
first published in 1983 as The Stars and the Stones
. A study of
solar and lunar alignments at a number of Irish Megalithic sites, in depth
investigations of the Equinox sunrise alignment at Loughcrew Cairn T and the
Winter Solstice sunrise alignment at Newgrange.
Light Years Ago
by Tim O'Brien shows that the symbols of the sun
engraved on the backstone of Cairn T at Loughcrew are precisely
positioned to measure solar movement. A beam of light from the rising
sun around the time of the March and September equinoxes is mapped on the backstone.
Temples of Stone - Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland
by Carleton Jones, first published in 2007.
Excellent reference book on the significant Megalithic sites of Ireland
including Loughcrew. Carleton Jones has distilled the knowledge of all previous
publications and combined it with his own research and photographs to create a
must have book for anyone interesting in the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433