Woodlawn House
Diarmuid and Grainne

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" The Diarmuid and Gráinne site is the one marked 250 on the above mentioned map.  On Saturday, I also noticed an interesting small building (in ruins) just alongside this ancient mound: which Tom Seale later told me was built for a member of the Trench family (possibly Lady Anne?) for use as a reading room beside the lake.  (Though I'm not at all sure of this, the site marked 241 on the map MIGHT mean that Woodlawn House itself was built right on top of an ancient monument; and, this would not be unusual: because several of the ancient monuments in Ireland have been "recycled" in various ways throughout their long history.) "
" Though it has never received the publicity it deserves (in my view), site 250 is in reality a major one (I believe). Some claim that the illicit relationship between Diarmuid and Gráinne was consummated on that very spot - which is just 100 yards or so from the Esker Riada (which is possibly Ireland's MOST famous natural monument). For more information on the Esker Riada please see:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/chaplefinnerty/esker/riada1.htm "
" Also, the ancient Celtic language name for the Woodlawn area ("Mota Gráinne Oige", meaning "Young Gráinne's Moat") very clearly contains the word "Gráinne".  In addition, and as can be seen at the Google location below, much has been written about the escapades of Diarmuid and Gráinne:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=diarmuid+grainne&btnG=Google+Search "

The above texts form part of an e-mail sent on April 22nd 2002