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Joyce Country & Western Lakes Geopark Region Archaeological Story

 
With sites that predate the Egyptian Pyramids Ireland has some of the most impressive prehistoric attractions in the world. On a visit to Joyce Country & Western Lakes you can take in stone circles, monuments and tombs.
 
Some of the archaeological highlights within our region include
 
  • Rare rock art found on slabs of sandstone outcropping in the Party mountains
  • The conquest of Connacht by the Anglo-Normans under Richard de Burgh, achieved in 1232 saw the development of many castles on the shores of Lough Carra (Carra Castle, Castleburk), Lough Mask (Ballynonagh, Ballykine) and Lough Corrib (Castlekirk, AShford Castle, Annaghkeen Castle)
  • Stone circles like those at Nymphsfield (to the north east of Cong), which attest to their seasonal rituals linked to the sun and moon
 
For a full listing of sites of archaeological sites of interest and the archaeological story of the region head to the Geopark site for more information
 
 
 

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