an area bathed in mythology and legend
The Sí or the fairy folk were the mythical beings believed to have built the ‘fairy forts’ and ancient sites which can be found across Ireland. Our earliest records of Irish mythology were written down on monastic texts in the medieval period, but they are thought to have been shared by story tellers from as early as the Bronze Age. The passage of time and the retelling of these stories have created rich mythologies in which the burials, monuments and homesteads of the people of the past have been associated with the deeds of heroes, saints and fairies. This tradition has protected many of the monuments of the past from destruction over the years, for fear of upsetting the
The estuary at Portmarnock is believed to be the place known in Irish legend as Inber Cíchmaine. This is the place where the legendary Maine (the son of Queen Medb and King Ailill) was slain, and the estuary was named after him. The neighbouring townland of Maynestown is also thought to be associated with this hero. The mound at Dún Sí is said to have been the burial place of Maine. Stories such as this are often associated with burial monuments dating to prehistory, and the mound itself has the appearance of a Bronze Age burial site known as a barrow.fairy folk.
Archaeological investigations at Portmarnock have shown that people have been present in the area since the Neolithic period, or the time of our first farmers up to 6,000 years ago, with finds being made of stone axeheads and arrowheads. The earliest evidence of settlement dates to the Early Bronze Age at a cooking site known as a fulacht fiadh, and an enclosure site beside the mound at Dún Sí was a multi-phase site dating from the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval period. An Iron Age burial was also found with an individual who was buried with a prized piece of whale bone. In the medieval period, settlement continued with a medieval community who farmed long plots of land known as burgess plots.
The landscape at Dún Sí in Portmarnock is therefore a place with a rich mythological and archaeological legacy. It is an area where people
have lived for thousands of years and the enduring tales of Maine reflect the importance of the place to our early storytellers.
dún sí at st. marnocks Bay
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