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Rathcroghan - The Guidebook

Rathcroghan – The Guidebook


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 Minifigure

Queen Medb Minifigure


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


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.

Rathcroghan: Archaeological & Geophysical Survey In A Ritual Landscape

Rathcroghan: Archaeological & Geophysical Survey In A Ritual Landscape


Rathcroghan (Crúachain) is often referred to as both a ‘Celtic’ Royal Settlement and a sacred burial place; it is one of several major royal sites in ancient Ireland, such as Tara, Co. Meath, Knockaulin, Co. Kildare, and Navan Fort near Armagh, that are frequently mentioned in early literature.

While these sites had special importance in early historic times, and in some cases bore and extraordinary weight of myth and legend, we now know that they are older archaeological assemblages of impressive complexity and size.

This book is the result of a major programme of archaeological field research at Rathcroghan in County Roscommon in the West of Ireland. The project involved the use of a range of geophysical techniques to explore a number of extraordinary monuments in the Royal Site.

Queen Medb Family Tree Wallchart

Queen Medb Family Tree Wallchart


It would be impossible to discuss Irish history or mythology without considering its most vivid female character, the Iron Age Warrior Queen Medb (Maeve). Although once generally regarded as an historical character, modern scholars see her in a somewhat different light, in the guise of a divine goddess like figure. Whichever way you consider her there is no doubt that she captures the imagination of generations. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Medb seems to embody all aspects, from the royal and sacred, to the mythological and divine. This enigmatic queen crosses all borders with her universal appeal, and it is certainly no exaggeration for us to regard her as a national emblem.

This beautiful bespoke fold out Family Tree Wallchart display, gives details of Queen Medb’s life, character, numerous marriages and offspring, death and burial.

Size – A2, full colour, 200gsm gloss.

An Táin T-Shirt


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

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Heritage Guide 22 - Oweynagat - The Cave Of Cruachain: An Entrance To The Otherworld In Co. Roscommon

Heritage Guide 22 – Oweynagat – The Cave Of Cruachain: An Entrance To The Otherworld In Co. Roscommon


Written by Tom Condit and Fionnbarr Moore, this heritage guide is an excellent way for you to make your acquaintance with the enigmatic monument of Oweynagat, (Uaimh na gCat), the Cave of the Cats.

This unique monument, comprised of a man-made souterrain attached to a limestone cavern, is very interesting from a geological point of view, but it is the epic literature that truely brings the cave to life.

Complete with a reconstruction drawing of the monument, this should be your first port of call before visiting ‘Ireland’s Gate to Hell’.

Rathcroghan And Carnfree By Michael Herity

Rathcroghan And Carnfree By Michael Herity


Rathcroghan and Carnfree (Celtic Royal Sites in Roscommon), by Prof. Michael Herity. This guide is based on a survey of the antiquities in an area of 100 square kilometres around Cruachain and Carnfree begun before 1980.

The results of the survey have been published in four articles in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988).

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The History and Topography of Ireland – Gerald of Wales (trans. John J. O’Meara)


Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels.

This accessible translation preserves the directness and lively storytelling of the original and includes maps, illustrations and notes.

A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography - Michael T. LennonA DICTIONARY OF ROSCOMMON BIOGRAPHY – MICHAEL T. LENNONOut of stock

A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography – Michael T. Lennon


A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography contains 5000 individual entries which describe the careers of people in all fields of endeavour, including politics, religion, law, literature, journalism, business, trades, medicine, sport, engineering, painting, music and entertainment.

At nearly 1000 pages and beautifully bound, this book is a must for anyone with an interest or connection with Co. Roscommon.