Sheemor, the Great Fairy Mound, with Sliabh an Iariann, the Iron Mountain in the distance to the east.
Sheemor is a limestone hill near Leitrim Village in the middle of Co Leitrim. The summit of the hill is 178 meters above sea level. From a distance the hill looks rather like a large altar, as the largest and centre-most of the three cairns on the flat top has a large modern Christian cross at the highest point. As if that wasn't strange enough, the cross is illuminated at night, and seems to float in the sky over the dark countryside! The cairn is about 22 meters in diameter and 5 - 6 meters high, and as far as we know, is unopened. The cross was erected in 1950 to mark the Catholic cessation of the dogma of the assumption.
The music for Sheebeg and Sheemor, copyright Henrik Norbeck.
two smaller cairns on the left and right are quite disturbed, and chamber
or passage-slabs can be seen amid the stones, and the sites obviously
date from the Neolithic, over 5,000 years ago. The large cairn, though
much disturbed by the cross, remains unopened. This site lies between
and on clear days, Knocknarea,
almost 40 km away, is visible.
One of the three large cairns on the summit of Sheemor.