Darby’s Bed (also known as Duntryleague Passage Tomb) is the remains of a passage tomb situated near the summit of a steep hill just outside the village of Galbally in County Limerick. The tomb is likely to date to around 3,000 BC, and was once covered by a stone cairn or earthen mound. All that remains visible today are large upright stones known as orthostats that once lined the passageway and the capped chamber of the passage tomb. The entrance to the tomb faces west-north-west, possibly in alignment with the sunset at midsummer. Though today the planted forest obscures much of the view, it is clear that this tomb once had spectacular views over the landscape. The Neolithic tomb is steeped in legends and folklore, and the tragic lovers Diarmuid and Gráinne are said to have sheltered for a night inside this tomb when they were fleeing Fionn MacCumhaill.
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