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DUNTRYLEAGUE PASSAGE TOMB,COUNTY LIMERICK.
This passage tomb, Duntryleague Hill, 'Dún-Trí-Liag', meaning 'the fort of three pillar
stones', is located on the westerly extension of Slievenamuck Hill, 'Sliabh Muice', and
is a rare example of a south of Ireland Passage Tomb, suggesting influences from
Brittany, with strong religious ritual dating back as far as 3,500 B.C. The tomb, it's
entrance orientated North, is thought to be the grave of 'Olill Olum', one of the early
Kings of Munster and 'Diarmuid & Gráinne' are also said to have rested here in their
flight from the angry 'Fionn Mac Cumhaill'. There are no cairn remains, leaving the
passageway and chamber intact and are in good overall condition. The open passage is
6m in length and leads to a chamber 3m x 1.5m, consisting of three orthostats on the
west and east side, one slab at the south end forming the back and three roof-stones,
one on top of the other, a style common in Brittany and they are dotted with small,
salmon-pink stones, freckled with bits of quartz. Both sides of the entrance to the
chamber are side chambers and the kerb stones are most evident on the north and west.