Through a few trees, inland from the path, there is a small, enclosed field. This unassuming place is the site of the first home in Ireland. Expecting a Neolithic stone age site, the excavator, Peter Woodman was astounded when the radiocarbon dates came back. The results showed that the huts and hearths he had dug were almost ten thousand years old. He uncovered the postholes of their circular huts and their fireplaces, he found thousands of tiny flint microliths which would have been used for hunting and processing their food and best of all, he found the remains of their meals. No it wasn't McDonalds but much more gourmet back then - salmon, flatfish, eel, mackerel, shellfish, duck and red deer. Lots of ingredients our private chef Julia uses today!