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Author shares theories on Drombeg stone circle

Friday, 19th December, 2014 3:10pm
Author shares theories on Drombeg stone circle

THIS Sunday, on the Winter Solstice, crowds will gather at Glandore’s Drombeg Stone Circle to witness ancient intelligence in action.

Before its excavation in the late 1950s, the 17 stone circle, with a diameter of 9.3m, was known locally as the Druid’s Altar, due to the large flat nature of the circle’s axial stone. Post excavation, the Bronze Age megalithic site became known as Drombeg Stone Circle, but it was always understood to be dedicated to sun worship.

Eugene Daly’s book, Leap and Glandore, Fact and Fiction features a quote from a pupil at Corran National School documented as part of the Irish School’s Folklore Scheme in the 1930s, in which the circle is described as situated in the lands of one Mr Jones, of Glandore.

‘There is a circle known as the Druid’s Circle and as they are all facing east, they are supposed to be dedicated to sun worship,’ the child’s account stated.

The stones are not facing east, but the child had grasped the basic concept, upon which the writer of the book Secrets of Drombeg builds.

Author Ronan Murray has collated nine years of ‘obsessive’ research at Drombeg in which he purports dramatic new theories behind the site, which involves the circle itself, the remains of two nearby huts, a fulacht fiadh and the surrounding hinterland.

‘This in an example of engineering and architecture from an amazing people that lived 3,000 years ago, who had an unbelievable facility with numbers and basic right triangle geometry,’ Murray said.

He believes the circle shows clear evidence of Babylonian design concepts based on specific numbers, angles and astronomical alignments.

‘They created a harmonious geometry based on numeral compatibility between the sun moon and stars,’ he says.

Originally from Oregon, where he worked as a civil draftsman and surveyor, Murray, 58, arrived here in 1996. Fascinated by Ireland’s past, he began to explore and eventually settled in Ardfield.

He believes he has hit upon a dramatic new historical interpretation of the stone circle site at Drombeg, which could deepen our understanding of the belief systems of our Bronze Age fore-bearers.

His 216 page hand-bound self published book is based on his research which included ‘hundreds’ of trips to Drombeg, thousands of photographs and years of applying and testing his theories.

Perhaps the most significant of these is his theory that the circle shows clear evidence of Babylonian design concepts as part of its ancient geometry.

‘The site construction has many similarities to the numerals, mathematics and astronomy of the ancient Babylonians and Sumerians from as far back as 3,000 BC. These construction methods could have developed indigenously with periodic influences when trading with the continent for tin to strengthen the copper for their bronze axes,’ Murray says in his book.

For the first time, Murray links the circle and its neighbouring huts and fulacht fiadh through geometry, purporting a new theory on the sites functions that he says can be proven through basic maths.

The book contains concepts not put forward as a ‘definitive academic’ work, Murray says, but to ‘show the uncanny similarities between the diverse cultures and disciplines’ of various civilisations throughout history.

Murray believes there is a ‘profound system’ at work in Drombeg. It is part of a ‘regional triad’ of remote stone circles that form a 24km equilateral triangle.

To the north, the triad includes a stone circle at Reenascreena 8km away and 8km to the east, a stone circle at Bohonagh. The triad, Murray says, is aligned to the north star.

‘Additionally, the entire system of design is based on the triangle’s relationship to the 720 sun diameters of the sun. with the moon’s inclusion through an extraordinary system of numerals, ratios, proportions, mathematics and ‘place value’ of which many are found in Babylonian numerals and mathematics.’

Predicted times for sunrise and sunset in Cork this Sunday 21 is at 8.39am and 6.25pm.

Ronan Murray will be selling copies of his book at Drombeg Stone Circle on December 21 at €36. Books are also available to order from www.mcpublishing.ie