Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This is a small passage grave near Stamullen and it is called Fourknocks, but its name comes from Irish Fuair(cold) Cnoc(hill) in English sounds like four knocks. This one is unusual in that it has a lot of stone carvings for such a small passage grave.
There was an interesting story told to me by a local that they burned babies here, yes you read they allegedly burned babies inside the mound. According to some locals the practice was to burn infants that had disease. This is not verified but according to some locals this is the tradition, but could be more to discredit the pagans
I had not time to get into the tomb, but there is an image on the outside of one of the carvings that depict a face, this is the only example of this time of a representation of a face as all other Irish carvings from the period were curvlinear (learned that in school ).
Here is the mound you can see in comparison to the 4 foot fence that it is not that high, it is possible to go and see this one but you have to get a key and have it returned before 6. I hadn't the time to do this damnit. Looks so peacefull, all I was thinking is burning babies!
See comment below there are tours between here and the Naul.
Posted by Paz at 7:13 PM