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“LOUGH GUR, one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites and located in Co Limerick, could soon be awarded world heritage status.”

One of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites, Lough Gur, has been put on the tentative list of World Heritage sites. The application was made by Limerick County Council. The Lough Gur site dates back to the Neolithic period and there are many megalithic remains beside the lake. It boasts the largest stone circle in Ireland at Grange, and the remains of at least three crannogs within the lake.

It lies, “20 kms from Limerick and includes stone circles and standing stones, ancient burial chambers, cairns and Neolithic house sites dating back more than 4,500 years…” to quote from this news article in the Irish Times –  

In a country that is so rich in archaeological remains it is surprising to find that there are only two other World Heritage sites in Ireland – Skellig Michael and the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne. Of course one other very famous site has also been added to the tentative list, this is the Hill of Tara, a site that is already ruined by the motorway still being built through the Skryne valley and which is also destroying valuable heritage sites or an ‘archaeological ensemble’ that goes to make up a very important landscape.

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