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Dolmen 37 at Carrowmore. This monument is located at the southern edge of the ring of circles.

Circle 37

Circle 37 is located on the southern ridge of Carrowmore. The dolmen is perfect, and rests on five uprights. The chamber is oriented to the north. There seem to be several circles here: an inner circle of smaller stones, which is not visible today was noted by Wood-Martin. The boulder circle is somewhat disturbed, but 12 stones make a ring 13 meters in diameter. There seems to be a spaced boulder circle here also, with 11 large boulders, widely spaced, forming an outer circle or oval about 25 meters in diameter.

Dolmen 37 photographed by Green around 1900.
Dolmen 37 photographed by Green around 1900.

Wood-Martin thought there might have been a fourth, even larger circle, but it is hard to make out today. There are many large erratic boulders in this area, which he may have mistaken for a circle. To the west of Circle 37, some eight circles are recorded as destroyed by Petrie. There are many stray and erratic boulders along this ridge, and no trace of these circles can be made for certain.

Site 37: - Borlase

No. 37. Situated to the south of XLVI (dolmen-circle). "This is a triple circle with a perfect cromleac in its centre. The inner circle is composed of small stones placed quite close to each other, and not more than a foot or so above the soil. This circle is about 40 feet in diameter. The second circle is composed of very large stones, twelve in number, and consequently greatly apart from each other, the interval being about six paces.

This circle is about 80 feet in diameter. The third circle is composed of stones of still greater magnitude, but as several of them have been removed or destroyed, it can only be assumed that they were also twelve. The diameter of this circle is 120 feet. The cromleac is of the smallest size, and is not more than 4 feet in height. The circumference of the table-stone is 16 feet, and it rests on five supporters." - Petrie.

Col. Wood-Martin thinks this may even have been a quadruple circle. His plan of the little dolmen shows that at the north or northwest end there was a narrow entrance, and evidence of the existence of the usual' porch-like extension in that direction. It is between the inner and the second circle of Petrie that a fourth circle may have existed.

"Traces of flagging were observable at the bottom of the chamber," but it seemed to have been "completely cleared out," as "only 4 small fragments of calcined bones were discovered." - Wood-Martin.

View from Circle 37 at Carrowmore.
Dolmen 37 looking south to Carrowkeel and Kesh Corran.

Site 38

No. 38. Situated to the West of 37; only a few feet distant (dolmen-circle). "Not more than [number omitted in the MS.] stones remain, and the cromleac is wholly destroyed. The diameter is 60 feet." - Petrie.

Site 39

No. 39. Situated but a few feet west of 38 (dolmen-circle), "This circle is still more injured than 38; only ten stones remain. They are of large size, and the diameter of the circle is 70 feet." - Petrie.

Sites 40 and 41

Nos. 40 and 41. Situated in the small field to the east of that in which 38 is placed (two dolmen-circles). "Of these two circles only a few stones remain. They were destroyed by Mr. Walshe's tenants about twenty years before 1837. As usual, human bones were found in the tombs." - Petrie.

Dolmen  37 at Carrowmore with  Circle 32 beyond, by William Wakeman.
Dolmen 37 at Carrowmore with Circle 32 beyond, by William Wakeman. Image © Sligo County Library.

No. 38. Situated to the west of 37; only a few feet distant (dolmen-circle). "Not more than [number omitted in the MS.] stones remain, and the cromleac is wholly destroyed. The diameter is 60 feet." - Petrie.

Site 39

No. 39. Situated but a few feet west of 38 (dolmen-circle), "This circle is still more injured than 38; only ten stones remain. They are of large size, and the diameter of the circle is 70 feet." - Petrie.

A large barrow close to Circle 37.
A large barrow close to Circle 37 looking north to Listoghil.

Sites 40 and 41

Nos. 40 and 41. Situated in the small field to the east of that in which 38 is placed (two dolmen-circles).

"Of these two circles only a few stones remain. They were destroyed by Mr. Walshe's tenants about twenty years before 1837. As usual, human bones were found in the tombs." - Petrie.

View from Carrowmore to Kesh Corran.
The view from Carrowmore to Kesh Corran. Circle 37 is to the right.