Skibbereen, Ireland is home to one of the most haunted places in Ireland, Drombeg Stone Circle. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Similar to Ireland's stone circles, the origins of Drombeg is thought to date to the middle and later period of the Bronze Age, approximately 3,000 years ago. It is one of the finest set in Ireland and one of the most popular due to its picturesque settings.
Stone circles are often considered to be places of ritual and ceremony. Drombeg is aligned with the setting sun of the midwinter solstice (each December 21st), a hugely important time in the ancient calendar as it marked the shortest day and longest night of the year. Drombeg’s celestial alignment was first noted by Boyle Somerville in 1923, who saw that when observed from the entrance to the circle, the sun is aligned with the position of the large recumbent (horizontal) stone.
The site has long been imbued with folklore and mythology, with the large recumbent stone being called ‘The Druid’s Altar’. In the book A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, archaeologist Aubrey Burl authors the story of Boyle Somerville who returned to the site in September 1935, accompanied by a psychic, Miss Geraldine Cummings, who was horrified as she ‘saw’ children being sacrificed by Druid priests.
Here is an excerpt from his BOOK describing her findings.
"She did not like the place. She felt it was…a place where animals, if not small children, were sacrificed at each winter solstice. She ‘saw’ a priest in blue and saffron robes standing at the altar of the recumbent about to kill his human offering… Drombeg was cursed. It was ‘guarded by spirits of darkness’."
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