Rev James Hall, 1817;
‘On the rising ground – on the south-east of Sligo, where a camp was formed in 1798, there is an extensive, beautiful view. Indeed the hills all around have a curiously fantastic appearance; particularly Malachwee, to which in fine weather, the people go on Sunday, to drink and amuse themselves.
It is a generally prevalent custom with every person who visits Malachwee, to carry up a stone with him. In consequence of this custom there is, at the top of it, a cairn or heap, which, at the distance of eight or ten miles, appears like a farm-house. I endeavoured to ascertain the origin of this custom, but could not….as ploughs, carts, barrows, &c go here on Sunday.’
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