JJ Fanagh

JJ Fanagh

Posted on 10/19/2008

Photo taken on October 18, 2008

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Gréine's High Pool

Gréine's High Pool
Now almost completely filled in with silt, this formerly 2 or 3 metre-deep pool near the ridge-top of Cnoc Gréine in County Limerick was centred in the "Gréine's Daughter's" hermitage community of approximately 1600 BCE. The further field is almost 125 metres below.

The pool, fed by springs and a small brook (still) was created by an arcing, tightly-fitted stone wall at the low side. The two very large stones in the foreground (about 3 metres across) extending out into the pool, together may have acted as a sort of pier.

This central spot (adjacent to which are the remains of several stone women's hermitage huts) was part of the Gréine (Mother Sun) dyad - (with Fírinne, "Unyielding Truth" forming the other half of the dyad... a mountain 16 kilometres distant... with Lough Gur on the line between).

Gréine - keeper of the Cauldron (which this pool may have symbolised) - as the "life-giver" was held in such high esteem that the Béltaine sun, rising between her twin peaks (as seen from Lough Gur) was the most momentous day of the community ritual year - involving possibly thousands of people to celebrate that sunrise.

Present evidence suggests that the acolyte "Daughters of the Sun" were isolated, and brought sustenance by women of a specialised nearby ridge top community... very similarly as were the isolated flame-keepers for Brigid near what is now Kildare.