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Bronze age attraction opens near Durrus

May 2nd, 2019 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Andy Jungmann and Ingolf Stieglitz at the new visitor centre which is open from now until October 31st.

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A NEW visitor centre, showcasing the site of a boulder-burial tomb and a pair of standing stones dating back to almost 2000 BC, has opened near Durrus.

The centre, which is located at Ballycommane House and Gardens was opened by William O’Brien, Professor of Archaeology at UCC, who first excavated the site almost 30 years ago.

The site is owned by Andy Jungmann and Ingolf Stieglitz.

‘The burial site and standing stones date back to the late bronze age,’ Andy told The Southern Star.

‘We would like to thank Professor William O’Brien and Nick Hogan, also from UCC, for their efforts and support in setting up our visitor centre and designing the impressive information panels.

‘We believe the new visitor centre and the surrounding gardens, which are open to the public, will encourage locals and far-flung visitors alike to visit. The information panels will help everyone to gain a better understanding of the Bronze-age culture that has shaped the landscape up to the present day with its many megalithic monuments.’

The visitor centre at Ballycommane House and Gardens is open now until October 31st, daily  9.30am-6pm.

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