Bennett Stage 4
26. THE HEATH OF MARYBOROUGH
One of the most important archaeological sites in Ireland, located in County
Laois. Iron Age burial mounds known as ring barrows are to be found over the
area, in addition to Neolithic, early Christian and mediaeval remains. In the
18th and 19th centuries, the open common of the Heath was used for horse races,
military manoeuvres and political meetings. Today, the Heath is an important
area for wildlife, biodiversity and recreation.