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Loughmacrory Wedge Tomb

Loughmacrory is a good example of a wedge tomb. It is a burial chamber of six people with a front chamber and doorway marked by 3 stones, with double walls made of large upright stones, and a roof of flat stones.This particular wedge tomb is a bit overgrown and not as well maintained as some of the more accessable tombs in the area.

In the middle of this particular Wedge Tomb grows a Fairy Tree,

There are many 'Fairy Trees' along the roadsides and especially at the crossing of roads throughout Ireland. Usually these are gnarled old Hawthorn bushes. Also considered sacred were the Oak and the Ash.

 

While many magic wands were made from the Rowan branch. It is considered a profanation to destroy them or even to remove one of their branches. Many different types of otherworld creatures are said to dwell in the tree or nearby.

 

Pookas, Cluricaunes and mysterious white-clad women have all appeared near these trees and bushes. Superstitious people do not like to pass them by late at night. In the days when horses were the chief transportation there were many stories of the lone-horseman who is accosted by the lady in white as he rides along and she climbs up behind him on the horse and puts her arms around him, which are deathly cold. Then she rides along with him for a while and suddenly disappears.

 

In Ireland if the three fairy trees, Oak, Ash and Thorn grow together it is particularly auspicious and this is venerated even more than the single tree.

 

Loughmacrory has the 'seven sisters' situated on the Cookstown to Omagh Road. These are seven small loughs situated close together.

Loughmacrory (Loch Mhic Ruairí) is a small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is situated 8 miles (13 km) east of Omagh on the shores of Lough Macrory. It had a population of 237 in the 2001 Census, with the houses, shops, a church and a primary school grouped around a crossroads location. Also located in the village is an old mill and ancient cairns can be seen in the surrounding countryside.

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Taken on November 16, 2008