EP 003 – Rathcroghan and the People of the Mounds

Rathcroghan - County Roscommon Ireland

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#003 Rathcroghan and the People of the Mounds
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guest – Mike Croghan
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Mindie on Rathcroghan

Rathcroghan is a complex of 240 archaeological sites that includes 60 national monuments that are spread out in a tract of land that is about 4 square miles. The sites range from Neolithic (5-7000 BC) to Medieval periods 5th 15th centuries).  On the site, there are burial mounds, ring forts, enclosures, linear earthworks (roads / trails) and very special cave.

Rathcroghan is located near the village of Tulsk in County Roscommon.  Its known to be a royal site the ancient capital of the province of Connaught.

We talked a little bit about royal sites in the last podcast. These would have been sites of ritual and gathering. sites of massive deposits of human emotion and energy. That human energy connected to the natural elemental energy of the land becomes something greater than the sum of its parts.

I believe that human emotion and the energy it creates can impact energy of a place. Perhaps there was an inherent energy in the land that drew people knowingly or unknowingly to mark out a sacred site. And as the human rituals and gatherings imprinted their own energy on the existing high energy of a place a thin place is born.

Rathcroghan is a thin place

Guest Interview – Mike Croghan

We are lucky today to have Mike Croghan who lives there, talk with us today about this special site Mike and his father are the last Croghans to live on Rathcroghan. They are a farming family. Mike also leads tours to sacred and archaeological sites in Western Ireland.  He’s also a professional photographer and does a lot of aerial filming.

Rathcroghan Tours – tours by Mike Croghan

Please note that the other two websites mentioned (raven.photo and airview.ie are no longer available)

Mindie Recommends – Leprechaun Museum, Dublin

I’m going to end this podcast with a recommendation for you. The Leprechaun Museum in Dublin. Open daily, staffed by trained storytellers who are passionate about Irish mythology, tradition and understanding of the otherworld. Open Daily 10 :30 am to 6pm. Guided tours and awesome interpretive displays that focus on the people of the Sidhe and Irish folklore.  Also, open at night – Friday and Saturday for the Darkland tour – twisted tales from the darker side of Ireland.  About 16 EUR to get in. Quality entertainment.

Leprechaun Museum – Dublin

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Other Links of Interest

Top Things to Do in Co, Roscommon
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park 
Clonalis House
Boyle Abbey
Arigna Mining Experience
Electric Bike Trails
Lough Key Boats
King House
Strokestown Park
O’Carolan Harp Festival
Roscommon Drama Festival
Roscommon Lamb Festival
Lough Gara Lakes & Legends
Roscommon Arts Centre
Les Petites Tartres
Regan’s Gastro Pub
MoMA Restaurant
The Yew Tree Lecarrow


4 Replies to “EP 003 – Rathcroghan and the People of the Mounds”

  1. I absolutely loved these Podcasts. Mindie is a masterful storyteller and conducts the most endearing interviews. As I listened to the experiences of thin places, I felt transported to the day I returned to a farm of a family friend where I spent the first ten years of my life. It had been nearly 40 years since I had spent any quality time there, but as I walked onto the back porch and surveyed the mountain, barn and pathways that were my childhood playground, I felt a strong sense of being, an overwhelming sense of peace, and the realization that I had finally returned home. Congratulations Mindie on a job well done!

    1. Thanks so much, Brenda for not only your kind words but also for taking the time to comment. I’m glad the podcast gave you a little push to transport yourself to a place where you were connected to the land.

  2. Ahhh, Mindie I loved this podcast…I absolutely loved the sacred trip with you last September…it still gives me chills when I think of the awesome time I experienced! When I try to explain the feelings I had in that magical land, I feel I come up short; words just can’t express how I felt being in Ireland. I .have to start saving for another sacred tour 💕💕💕💕💕would love to bring my daughter 😊😊

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Gaile. I loved having you as much as you loved being there. I miss that tour group – such lovely people. I so glad you liked the podcast. Keep listening!

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