Photo of the week: Ancient Drombeg, County Cork

Firepit and water trough at Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, Ireland, photo/Steve Collins

This is a cooking pit (fulacht fiadh) at Drombeg Stone Circle outside of Glandore west of Rosscarbery, County Cork, Ireland. Stones were heated in a fire-pit and then placed in the trough to heat water used for cooking. Enough hot stones were added to bring the water to a boil. As the stones cooled they were taken out and replaced with more hot stones until cooking was complete. Drombeg Stone Circle is also known as the Druid’s Altar. There are various dates given for the age of the circle. It is believed to date from the Bronze age, and was in use 1,000 years BC; some say it’s way older. No matter it’s exact age, there is no disputing it’s old. If ancient sites speak to you, it’s worth a visit. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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2 Responses to “Photo of the week: Ancient Drombeg, County Cork”

  1. Ted Nelson
    March 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

    I wonder if they made Guinness there too?

    • Steve Collins
      March 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      I think they may have had some fine single malts along the way.

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