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Loughcrew - Competition for School Children

The Loughcrew Cairns
Sliabh na Cailli / The Hills of the Witch

Competition for Primary School Children.
Draw a Picture, Write a Poem or Write a Story (max 300 words)
Prizes in Every Category!
Entries by 31st October 2011

The 5000 year old Loughcrew Cairns near Oldcastle, Co Meath are Passage Tombs built during the Stone Age. Their name in Irish is Sliabh na Cailli, the Hills of the Witch. Legend has it that the Witch or Hag jumped from one hill to the next, dropping stones from her apron to form the Cairns.

After she had jumped onto three hills, she still had to make it to another and make a fourth group of cairns in order to attain great power. As she attempted to get to the last hill, she fell and was killed. The story says she was buried where she fell, on the slopes of Patrickstown hill.

Conditions of Entry


• All entries must be connected to the Loughcrew Cairns and/or the story of the Witch who made them.


• Pictures must be on A4 size paper.
• Poems and Stories must be written on A4 size paper.

Send to:

• Loughcrew Schools Competition, Brú na Bóinne, Donore, Co Meath.
• Entrants' name, home address and telephone number and age must be written clearly on the back.


• All entries to reach us by Monday 31st October 2011.


• There will be prizes for the 3 best pictures, the 3 best poems and the 3 best stories.
• A selection of entries will be on display at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre from 13th - 30th November 2011.

The Office of Public Works reserves the right to reproduce any of the entries. Judges decision is final. Entries cannot be returned.

The Hills of the Witch - Competition for School Children
Organised by the Office of Public Works.

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