Castletimon Discoveries

Photo:The newly discovered standing stone at Castletimon

The newly discovered standing stone at Castletimon

Photo:The Castletimon dolmen , picture c. 1930

The Castletimon dolmen , picture c. 1930

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Castletimon Discoveries' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Castletimon Discoveries' page

A 'New' Standing Stone & The Grave of The Princess

By Deirdre Burns

Research in Castletimon by local people and the Brittas Bay National School for the PURE Mile competition in 2014 has resulted in the unearthing and recording of a wealth of information about their local area. The discovery of a 'new' standing stone and a poem to the Grave of the Princess are two items of interest.

The 'new' standing stone lies to the front of Castletimon house and may be viewed from the roadside. The stone was brought to the attention of National Monuments service earlier this year and has been confirmed to be a 'new' archaeological find for county Wicklow possibly dating from 1500BC.

Local efforts have also unearthed a poem (author unknown) relating to the folklore of a princess whose grave is said to be marked by the castletimon Ogham Stone.

"They hollowed out her quiet grave where stands the Ogham stone,

And left her in her long last rest beyond the breakers moan,

One wild last look she cast around o'er land and tossing spray,

Then lifeless sank upon the beach of lonely Brittas Bay"

(Click on the pdf below to download the full poem)

As part of Heritage Week 2014 & in aid of Wicklow Hospice you are invited to a special event starting at the gates of Castletimon House 2pm on Saturday 30th August.

See the "new" Castletimon standing stone (1,500BC) & hear the story of its discovery, then walk to the 4th century Ogham stone for a talk on it, enjoy a short walk for a tour & talk on the folklore of Castletimon graveyard ! Also in the graveyard, local resident Tony Lyons will recite the recently discovered "Grave of the Princess" poem. We will finish off at the old Castletimon mill with a talk on it and the Dolmen. All welcome to a very atmospheric & once off FREE event ! Copies of the fantastic Grave of the Princess poem available in Bay Café, Mc Daniels & D Stores

This page was added by Deirdre Burns on 29/08/2014.