Posted by: marthabernie | December 8, 2014

IRISH FARM – County Carlow

Irish geese, County Carlow, dolmen stones, Irish dolmen stonesIn 2006 my visit to Ireland included a visit to my friends who live on a farm in County Carlow.  After lunch, we usually take a walk and on this day, the geese went along with us.  The first time I visited this farm in 1993, I got very excited when I saw the stones to the top right of this photo as I thought they were dolmen stones.  These ancient stones were burial chambers used in Neolithic and Megalithic times circa 2000 and 3000 BC.  But alas, these stones on the Carlow farm were simply put into a circle more in the style of Stonehenge in England and are used as a stone hayrick.  Click on the photo to enlarge.


  1. At last! A proper image of the saddle-stone support for a hayrick! Often you can see them looking just like large stone mushrooms, because the intervening stones have gone. This structure kept the hayrick off the damp ground and ensured a supply of fodder for the livestock during the winter. They also discouraged vermin from climbing into the hayrick, and provided shelter for farmyard fowl or even the farmyard cats and dogs during downpours. (Not all the farmyard animals at once mind! THAT could be rather……er entertaining!)


    • If you look for images online, almost all of them look like mushrooms! Thanks for the information.


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