Magical Celtic rings are founds all over Ireland. They are the most visited objects by tourists. Many of them lay in County Cork. We visited the most popular one of them during winter. Is it really a place of cults and magic powers, or are these just attributes given by us?
I was expecting magic and thick air that would give me the chills. I did not believe that I was about to witness something straight out of ‘’Outlander’’, such as time travel with a touch of a rock, but I was expecting something extraordinary to happen.
The stones were placed vertically in a circle, except for one that was lying horizontally, this was the sacrifice altar. The whole thing was designed in such a way so that in winter during the shortest day of the year, the sun would begin to shine on it. This is not so hard during winter because the sun is shining horizontally after 9.00 am. Thanks to this amazing design we were able to admire the dancing rays of sunshine on the rocky walls. Even a little bird made it to have his picture taken.
From what I read on the information board it seems that this is not a typical megalithic ring where rituals, magic and fortunetelling was practised. This is rather a small ring that was built in the centre of a settlement and it was a place where cooking or I should say brewing was done. This is where sacrifice was given to the sun and where the death were buried. It was their place of worship, where everyone met to discuss important matters.
It seems that all settlements were built in a similar manner. Just like our towns and villages, where the church was at the centre. Modern admirers of the megalithic rings are probably not aware of the difference. In Drombeg the sacrifices are given in the centre of the settlement. In the centre of the ring there is a flat rock, and on it, things left by the visitors as symbolic gestures.
The ruins of the stone rings in Ireland are protected like monuments. Many of them were restored. Drombeg is very popular. It lies between Glandore and Rosccarbery. Even though it is not so easy to reach, using narrow roads, many people still visit this place every day. Thankfully, due to an early winter morning start, we were able to taste a bit of magic and share intimate atmosphere to contemplate this place.