I visited the three mounds in the order above, which was really interesting, as they all share similarities, but are also quite different. Newgrange has been redeveloped as an interpretation of what it may have looked like when first built, and I was able to gain access right into the inner chamber, which was amazing, and humbling. Knowth has also been excavated and was thronged with vistors, but Dowth, by complete contrast had no visitor centre, no visitors, and just sat in a field behind a flimsy fence.
The contrast of these three sites was startling, and almost a journey in itself, from ‘Busy Modern Reinterpretation’ through to ‘peaceful romantic ruin!’
I hadn’t realised that the burial mound of Dowth also sat on their land.
The sixth Viscount Netterville, who built the Georgian Mansion Dowth Hall was “somewhat eccentric, fell into dispute with the local priest and was banned from the chapel on his own land; in retaliation, he built a ‘tea house’ on top of the Neolithic tomb from which he claimed to follow religious services through a telescope.” Robert O’Byrne
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