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Rathcroghan - The Guidebook

Rathcroghan – The Guidebook

15.00

This guidebook contains entries on every aspect of Rathcroghan, from its archaeological and historical landscapes, through to its literary and mythological associations. This publication is the quintessential user’s guide to this fascinating archaeological landscape. Drawing upon historical, literary and cutting-edge archaeological research, Rathcroghan: The Guidebook is designed to bring the reader on a journey through time at Rathcroghan, from the first settlers to this broad limestone plain in the Neolithic period, through to the political mechanics of late medieval Machaire Connacht.

Thereafter, you will be taken on a journey of a different kind. You will see how our ancestors wove a tapestry of literature on top of this canvas of Rathcroghan, connecting physical landmarks and ancestor burials with the intoxicating narrative of Queen Medb of Connacht and the Ulster Cycle of Tales, filled with war and strife, jealousy and intrigue, gods and mere mortals.

Queen Medb Exclusive MinifigureOut of stock

Queen Medb Minifigure

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Newly-commissioned Queen Medb Minifigure, incorporating both elements of the great Queen of Connacht.
The Warrior Queen is seen with her spear and shield, which depicts the great bulls featured in our Irish epic, The Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cuailnge).
Queen Medb is also seen as a goddess of the landscape, referenced by the symbol depicted on her skirt; the symbol of the feminine: maiden, mother and crone.
This is a limited edition minifigure, and the first minifigure ever to be commissioned to represent Ireland’s fascinating mythology!

Rathcroghan Archaeological Trail

Rathcroghan Archaeological Trail

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This driving tour has been designed for the visitor to Rathcroghan to be able to experience a selection of the great number of monuments on the landscape here in your own time and at your own pace. This unique environment has been interacted with for over 6,000 years, beginning in the Neolithic, and continuing to be used in different forms up until the late medieval period at least.

The monuments here fall into a range of categories, from burial and funerary monuments, to settlement sites and field boundaries. Aside from these, monuments such as Rathcroghan Mound and the cave of Oweynagat give us an insight into the minds of the people who constructed and used these monuments.

Viewing this archaeological landscape in association with the huge corpus of medieval Irish literature that refers to Cruachan Aí and, in particular, the cast of characters that we encounter in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley) allows us to gain an understanding of the lives and beliefs of the Iron Age and early historic Irish.

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An Táin T-Shirt

25.00

Beautiful, bespoke adult T-shirt depicting ‘An Táin Bó Cuailnge’ (the Cattle Raid of Cooley)

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Roscommon County Print

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Rathcroghan Prints – Roscommon County

Produced by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in collaboration with Prints of Ireland, this unique bespoke print (30 x 42cm), depicts Roscommon through a range of historical and cultural landmarks situated throughout the county.
The map includes representations of – the Arigna Mines, Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Elphin Windmill, Dr. Douglas Hyde, a Gallowglass Warrior, Rathcroghan Royal Site, Strokestown Park House, the Coggalbeg Hoard, Clonalis House, Ballintober Castle, Roscommon Castle, the Castlestrange Stone, the Claypipe Centre – Knockcroghery, Rindoon Castle, Ballyforan Bridge, Meehambee Portal Tomb, the Knock Gold Torcs and Shannonbridge, Co. Roscommon.

(Please note that all prints are supplied unframed)

Oweynagat Cave Print

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Rathcroghan Prints – Oweynagat Cave

Produced by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in collaboration with Prints of Ireland, this unique bespoke print (30 x 42cm), depicts the Cave of Oweynagat – Uaimh na gCat, Ireland’s Otherworldly entrance in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.

(Please note that all prints are supplied unframed)

Ráth Cruachan Print

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Rathcroghan Prints – Ráth Cruachan

Produced by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in collaboration with Prints of Ireland, this unique bespoke print (30 x 42cm), depicts the Royal Site of Rathcroghan through representations of Rathcroghan Mound, King Dathí’s Stone and the mythical Battle of the Bulls, Finnbennach and Donn Cuailnge at Rathnadarve – Ráth na dTarbh.

Rathcroghan Bull Keyring

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Rathcroghan Bull Keyring

Bespoke branded keyring featuring Finnbennach, the great white flanked bull of Connacht from the Táin Bó Cuailnge.

Rathcroghan Oweynagat Keyring

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Rathcroghan Oweynagat Keyring

Bespoke branded keyring referencing the Cave of Oweynagat, the home of the Irish Battle Goddess, the Mórrígán depicted here in the form of a hooded crow.

Rathcroghan Bull Magnet

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Rathcroghan Bull Magnet

Bespoke branded magnet featuring Finnbennach, the great white flanked bull of Connacht from the Táin Bó Cuailnge.