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Carrowmacloughlin

Site/Artefact
Building

Type
Sweathouses

Site Number
SMR Mayo 087 00064

National Grid Reference
089110 East
281820 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series No 31

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sweat houses

sweathouse
Inside of a typical sweathouse (County Cavan)

Description
Sweathouses were small structures built of stone without mortar. People who were suffering from illnesses, from rheumatism to skin complaints, used them. They were the sauna of their day and frequently were occupied by sufferers who had taken a little too much alcohol and would use the heat of the sweathouse to cleanse their systems of the toxins. The heat was attained by placing a fire in the central chamber or by using stones that were heated in a fire and placed inside. The sufferer or patient would crawl inside and perspire for over an hour. Sometimes a cold stream nearby was used to cool off in. On occasions when the person had removed most if not all of their clothing and left them outside only to return to find their clothes had been taken. The one here is a probable sweathouse which has not been excavated.

Excavation Details
N/A

Access/Ownership
Private

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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