Suí Fínn – The Mysterious Passage Tomb

Seefin, the ancient Neolithic passage tomb, located on a 650m high mountain in the North County of Wicklow, Ireland is a spectacular place that resonates with peaceful, dormant energy. A slightly older (yes, you got that right – older) brother of the Egyptian pyramids, the site, that is now understood to be a part of a series of tombs located on the neighbouring peaks (Seefingan and Seahan also have similar large cairns covering passage tomb), is dated to approximately 5000 years old and was created in the Neolithic period by pre-Celtic architects of a forgotten civilization. The name ‘Seefin’ originates from the Irish Suí Fínn, which means ‘Fionn’s seat.’

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A legend says those who constructed those precise structures wanted to claim ownership of all they could see from the hills. If this is true, then they have picked up the best spot to own one of the most spectacular parts of the Irish landscape. From Seefin’s summit, you’ll have the perfect vantage point to marvel at the Wicklow Mountain range and Blessington Lakes. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, reaching out to the far horizon and presenting the whole South County Dublin and Wicklow mountains, fields and lakes to the visitors.

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The path to the summit – Photo: Karol Liver / Pangeanpath.com

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THE MYSTERY

Seefin is truly a magical place, so who is buried in its numerous precisely constructed chambers, watching from above the lands of the living? Well, that’s where the real mystery begins. The site was first excavated and documented by R.A. Macalister in 1931, but his team and many after him reported literally no artefacts to be found inside. The mystery continues as there were also no human, or any other, organic remains found inside of the tomb. And hey, it’s a tomb after all, so that alone is a great mystery to be solved. Perhaps the remains have been removed by the tribe, moved to another place, destroyed or maybe no one was buried in the tomb in the first place, but that would make the things even stranger. It is rather unlikely that the ancient community would dedicate generations of work to construct an elaborate tomb only to leave it empty behind. So maybe there was another purpose to it, a ceremonial space, a landmark or a place of power. Some say there might have been a portal there. One is certain, the place resonates with incredible, beautiful energy and rendered me speechless.

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The chamber is approached with two stones bearing concentric diamond-like motifs, resembling the human face. The tomb’s narrow entryway is demarked by three slabs fixed amidst a large, circular cairn (a mound of burial stones). The 11-metre passageway arrives at a rectangular chamber – those who enter can tap into their ancient imagination and ponder who may have been interred in the five chambers. According to legend, passage tombs like Seefin grave were not only ‘physical corridors’; they were also passageways to the otherworld where those leaving Earth could meet their Gods. It is believed that the corridor represented a birth passage and the main chamber being mother’s womb.

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GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 53.186304, Longitude: -6.394759

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