The 5000 year old Stone Age Cairns spread across the hills at Loughcrew make up one of the three main
concentrations of Passage Tombs in Ireland, the others are Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange,
Knowth & Dowth) and Sligo (Carrowkeel & Carrowmore).
The Cairns are spread across three hills, Carnbane East, Carnbane West and Patrickstown.
The Irish name for the site is Slieve na Caillaigh, which means "mountain of the hag".
Legend has it that the monuments were created when a giant hag, striding across the
land, dropped her cargo of large stones from her apron.