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Tirkane Sweathouse

Tirkane Sweathouse is in a secluded area located 2.5 miles north-west of Maghera near Killelagh Lough.

A sweathouse was a type of early sauna used in Ireland in 18th and 19th Centuries, but its origins may date back much further. Tirkane Sweathouse is a well-preserved rectangular structure built against the side of a hill with a roof made of flat stones with a small chimney hole in one corner.

The floor is paved with stone. According to Ancient Monuments of Ireland, Vol.2, these Sweat Houses are the primitive fore runner for the modern Turkish Bath, which are known in Germany as Irish Baths. There are only a few such Sweathouses remaining in Northern Ireland.

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