R 373 995
The chief interest
of this ruined tomb is that the surviving side-stone of the
chamber is perforated with a hole 60 cms in diameter, beside
which is a matching round stone which would have plugged it.
Perforations in transverse stones occcur in Irish tombs, but
rarely (if ever) in side-stones. And while a few bung-stones
survive in the Paris-basin tombs of France, this is the only
one in Ireland - if it is genuine.
It is also easy to see, at this tomb, how the builders wedged
the side-slabs into the cracks in the limestone during construction.
~8.5 km NE is the fine
portal-tomb at Crannagh in county Galway.
R 544 885
This handsome wedge-tomb
is also a holy well (tober) dedicated to the sun (grían:gráinne,
which features in several Irish megalithic names). Its outer
walls are still pretty much covered by the surrounding bog,
but looking inside you can see that the gallery goes down a
full metre below ground level. Two fine overlapping roofstones
- scattered with coins and little offerings - cover the whole
gallery. Looking in from the front through one of the chipped
away pieces of the septal slab that seals it off you can clearly
see the 'wedge' shape of the gallery. Two stones to the front
of the gallery form a small now-roofless portico.
20 metres or so to one side of the monument is another possible
(very ruined) tomb, There are other mounds and ruined tombs
in the valley and townland.
photos by Ian Thompson
km N by E in Bohateh North (R 678 906, sheet 52), and
splendidly located on the hills to the north of Lough Derg
is another wedge-tomb - which looks more like a megalithic
kist. A huge squarish capstone leans against the one remaining
wall stone to the west. The north and south wall stones are
present but have collapsed beneath the capstone. An odd monolith
stands just to the side of the main monument and an outlying
slab stands 30 metres to the northwest. The chamber would
have been about 1.5 metres square internally and about 1 metre
high. It's interesting to note that several of the other many
tombs around here are well set into the bog, but this one
has definitely been built on what would have been a high spot
before the bog developed.
by Bohateh is Cappaghbeha Mountain on which there is
a ruined single-chamber portal-tomb/wedge-tomb hybrid (R 661
904) affording more spectacular views. Other very ruined megalithic
remains are scattered about.
NW of Ballycroum in Corbehagh (R 515 937) are the neat
remains of a small wedge-tomb about 1 metre high and 3 metres
long, on low pasture land. To the south the ground rises and
there are exposed rock-surfaces, where engraving has been reported
but never photographed.
South: Burren wedge-tombs
R 220 944
1.5 km NW of the prominent Leamaneh Castle, this fine but damaged
tomb has the largest chamber in the Burren, formed by 2 great
sidestones over 5 metres long and a neatly-fitting backstone.
The top of the S sidestone juts forward like a prow and bears
definite traces of dressing. The front (W) end of the chamber
is partly closed by a large slab which leaves a gap at the N
side. Over the W end of the tomb are two broken slabs which,
together with fragments inside and outside the chamber, formed
the huge roof of the tomb. There is a low septal sill-stone.
In 1955 a large bonfire was lit on the intact roofstone to celebrate
a Hurling victory. ~ There
is another wedge-tomb in the same townland, 2.4 km to the NNE
(R 227 953), and one of the most beautiful, complete and remote
tombs in the Burren, whose cairn survives to a height of 1.6
metres. The front of the tomb now rises out of the cairn a further
1.3 metres, and the gallery slopes down into the cairn. The
walls are single slabs 3.5 metres long, both perforated. Half
of the door-stone is missing, but the surviving half has a good
'soul-hole' chipped out of the top corner. The roofstone, 4
metres long, remains intact. The tomb had been, in 2003, the
temporary residence of a polecat.
~ Looking from the
above tomb West along its axis is another tomb in Ballyganner
North (R 223 953) now located within a cashel which has
incorporated some of its cairn. The gallery is some 4 metres
long, and from its E end (under the broken and collapsed roofstone)
runs. ~ In the same townland is a court-tomb (R 219 956), somewhat
hard to find. Its gallery also is 4 metres long, and its court
(at the N end) very narrow and rubble-filled. The tomb resembles
another outside the main distribution area at Shanballyedmond,Tipperary.
My colleague Tom FourWinds
big Ballyganner South tomb (first listed above) is built as
if to dominate the area. Many Burren tombs seem to be built
on hillsides, but here all the tombs (apart from the court-tomb)
are built in prominent places. One of these is so prominent
that a cashel was built around it. The nicer Ballyganner South
tomb is built on a plateau but is raised up significantly. The
court tomb is situated in a much different fashion. It occupies
a low spot exactly between two rises and is aligned with this
whole area is somewhat puzzling. Was the larger tomb built to
dominate the court tomb builders? Or were the court-tomb builders
intrusive ? What (if any) is the significance of the axis that
the Ballyganner North (wedge in cashel) and the smaller Ballyganner
South tomb share?"
~ 3 km ENE of the large
Ballyganner South tomb, in Deerpark (R 248 950), is a
charming but damaged wedge-tomb with a double roofstone and
a 'soul-hole' at the back as at Baur South.
~ 2.4 km NW, in
Noughaval (R 213 966), is a stone fort or cashel known as
Cahercutteen, with exceptionally large stones and a fine
flight of steps giving access to the cashel wall.
~ 1.2 km E by S of
the large Ballyganner South tomb, in Clooneen (R 232
943), is another large wedge-tomb with a huge capstone and in
a good state of repair.
km ENE is Cahercommaun stone fort (marked Cathair Chomáin
on the map at R 282 965), about which my colleague at megalithomania.com
"Do not let the 'Cahercommaun
1 km' sign at the road stop you from trekking to this amazing
place. The path is fairly easy going apart from the last little
up hill bit that takes you onto the plateau upon which the fort
stands The fort itself is very ruinous, but what does remain
allows you to easily envisage its form and perhaps even its
scale. It was roughly D-shaped with the flat northern edge against
a high cliff face protecting that side. The central area (the
main stronghold) had walls 3 metres thick which protected huts
within the inner sanctum, and which still reach a height of
3.5 metres in places. Outside of this are two concentric areas,
within which you can still find the foundations of further huts.
Before you reach the main site you walk past huge rings of stones
marking where and outer settlement once stood, which in themselves
are quite fascinating when you start tracing the outlines of
the huts. Bring
a picnic, the family and make a day of it - but pick a nice
a wooden ramp with a central viewing platform has now been
constructed around the perimeter of the fort.
metres East of the fort and facing it (R 287 966) is a small
and neat unmarked wedge-tomb." (See
Tullycommon under Creevagh.)
R 201 950
A fine and large stone
fort measuring 49 by 39 metres internally, and built of large
limestone blocks, it has a fine chevaux-de-frise of closely-spaced
upright stones to impede attack, including a larger standing-stone
- part of a destroyed megalith ? The wall, surviving up to 4.5
metres high is typically built in vertical layers so that it
is as much as 6 metres thick in parts. Remains of huts can be
seen built against the wall inside.
Burren wedge-tombs M
There are four wedge-tombs
in this townland, the most curious of which is located in a
basin hollowed out of the bedrock. Just one wall-slab and part
of the backstone stands now. Another slab lies to one side and
is probably the remains of the other side. There are traces
of the cairn outline, which was only a little larger than the
tomb itself. Directly in front of the tomb is an 40-metre square
expanse of exposed karst pavement, with many stones standing
up in the grooves.
Next to the south-eastern corner of this exposed pavement is
a hut-circle about 7 metres in diameter, with a possible doorway
on the E side.
In the same field as the tomb, at M 108 030, is another ruined
wedge-tomb whose surviving sidestone is 3.5 metres long and
1.2 metres high. The large slab leaning against it is likely
to have been the roofstone. Both these tombs align north-south
the same direction as the main fault/erosion line runs.
SW in the same townland, at M 110 026, under a small cliff,
is a tomb in better condition, with an intact gallery forming
a chamber 3 metres long and 1.5 metres tall and wide. The
open end has been three-quarters blocked with sturdy dry-stone
walling, and a curved wall arcs out in front. Until recently
there were small buttress-slabs set at right-angles along
the outside of the walls - but these are now lying in a pile
to one side.
S, on the opposite side of an expanse of exposed limestone
is a massive swallow hole, with another some 75 metres E of
~ Farther NW again in the same townland at M 108 033 is "Caherdoon"
(Cathair Dhún) a large cashel or stone fort
which has not suffered 'restoration'.
~ 7 km ENE is another
wedge-tomb at Derrynavahagh.
South: Burren wedge-tomb
M 217 002
8 km WSW of Ballyvaughan, on
the edge of a craggy plateau and just visible from a tarred
track, this fine well-preserved wedge-tomb is built typically
of thin Burren slabs and contains, unusually, a chamber within
a chamber 2.4 metres long, both sharing the same backstone,
and retaining its roofstones. As at Poulaphuca (2.5 km
NE) the E endstone has a corner chipped off to create a 'soul-hole'.
~ About 600 metres
NE, on a farm track and overshadowed by a shed in Baur North
(M 223 005) is a less-beautiful example, with grass-grown roofstone.
km N by W in Berneens (M 215 025) at a height of 190
metres is a very wedge-shaped slab-built tomb whose door-slab
1100 metres SW in Lissylisheen (R 211 992) is a small
wedge-tomb with damaged gallery still embedded in its cairn,
some 1.3 metres high and 4 metres in diameter.
~ 5.6 km S by E is
the large but damaged tomb at Ballyganner South.
~ 1.2 km W by N is
a fine stone fort at Cahermacnaghten, containing foundations
of rectangular stone buildings.
~ 2 km ESE is another
stone fort at Caherconnell, in use until (or re-used
in) the 15th century. Following
archaeological excavations from 2007 to 2009, a prehistoric
chamber with a short passage was found 30 metres southeast of
the fort, within which were burials dating from the stone age
to the 17th century CE!
R 391 878
800 metres SW of Crusheen,
this tomb is not very attractive (a stone wall has been built
against it) but is included because of its accessibility. It
displays the characteristic wedge-shape of these tombs. A long
chamber of 5 stones supports 2 roofstones.
~ 3.3 km WNW by the roadside
in Moyree Commons (R 363 891) is a ruined portal-tomb -
one of only two in the Burren (the other being the much-photographed
one at Poulnabrone). One portal stone stands over 3 metres
high, but the other has broken at a height of around 2 metres,
with the upper part leaning inwards against the taller one. The
chamber is somewhat wrecked. To the front of the broken portal
stone there is a very low stone which may be the remains of a
small court in front of the entrance, whose doorstone is missing.
A pile of cairn material lies to the N, and, curiously, a sturdy
drystone wall has been built just 1 metre from the tomb.
~ 10 km NE is Derrycallan
North wedge-tomb, county Galway.
M 158 114
At a height of about
210 metres above Black Head this fort is worth the climb up
from the coast road for the Burren flora and the view over Galway
Bay alone. The fort is built on a level piece of limestone karst
and is roughly D-shaped. There is a terrace and traces of stairs.
It is about 20 metres in diameter with jointed walls over 4
metres high and almost as thick in places. The stonework - of
beautiful fissured Burren limestone - is better on the N and
E sides than on the S and W, which, together with the irregularity
of shape, suggests unskilful rebuilding at various times.
R 306 978
top of a hill of deeply-fissured limestone surrounded by limestone
pavements, this fine tomb is difficult to reach and requires
some caution. It is almost complete, retaining its massive
roofstone now broken in two. The walls are made from single
slices of limestone. The backstone is missing, and so the
rear section of the roofstone has dropped back slightly and
now points into the air. The door-stone is a slab which is
two-thirds of the width of the tomb, leaving a gap on one
side. The interior rises to 1.6 metres, and the floor seems
to have been paved.
are three cairns on the hilltop, the highest one without grass
covering it and bearing an Ordnance Survey trigonometrical
marker. Any or all of them may contain tombs.
4.4 km N in Coolnatullagh, on a south-facing slope
that overlooks the little road running up the valley (M 310
031), is a tiny wedge-tomb with a roof-slab just 2 metres
by one metre, and wall-slabs no higher than 50 cms. One of
these has slipped, so that the roof has tipped; the other
has been damaged, thus allowing access to the tiny gallery.
The edge of the covering cairn can just be distinguished.
the same townland, not marked on the map, is another cairn,
apparently complete, and excavated
in 1999. Unfortunately I have no co-ordinates, just the photo
6.6 km SW is Parknabinnia wedge-tomb.
R 421 802
Not quite on the top
of a hill and clearly visible from a by-road, this fine alignment
(NE-SW) comprises three stones around 1.7 metres tall and 2.5
metres apart. The two outer stones are charmingly askew.
~ 3.2 km E, and 1.6
km W by N of Tulla, by a hedge in a field to the left of a
lane leading to Newgrove House (R 452 802), in Newgrove,
is a small wedge-tomb which retains its roof, most of its outer-walling,
and some of its circular cairn. Four mossy stones NW of the
chamber may be the remains of a kerb. The roofstone is chocked
by a small boulder resting on the N corner of the closing-slab
at the W end of the tomb. A loose block of sandstone lying at
the E end of the chamber with a round depression 27 cms in diameter
and 9 cms deep may be a bullaun.
~ 13 km E on
the boundary between the townlands of Clogher and
Coolbaun (R 546
800) are the sad remains of a once-impressive portal-tomb, whose
huge capstone sits in a wooded quagmire.
~ 5.6 km E by S, in
a lovely setting next to a road in Milltown (R 468 799)
are the neat remains of wedge-tomb whose chamber with grass-topped
capstone and four orthostats survives.
~ 4 km SSE is Magh
Adhair inauguration-site (see below).
~ 9.6 km SSE in Knappoge
or Knappogue (R 443 719) in a field to the west of the
entrance to Knappogue Castle is a group of three stones (near
the gateway) and a lone stone 200 metres away - perhaps the
survivors of a row or avenue some 200 metres long. They are
up to two metres high and of marvellously-decayed limestone.
~ 12 km SSE, on the
W side of the railway-line beside a ruined church at Ballinphunta
(R 479 616), the remains of a wedge-tomb and its circular cairn
(completely buried in field-stones and undergrowth when I visited
it in 1975) stand overlooking Craughaun graveyard. The surviving
square roof-stone has a number of solution-pits, and beneath
and behind it the chamber (containing a fallen, smaller, roofstone)
extends almost 5 metres. The door-stone is impressive.
8 km from O'Briensbridge is a fine, well-preserved wedge tomb
crowning a low knoll.
~ 9 km
NW is the portal-tomb at Clogher (see under Clooney,
km SW is another wedge-tomb at Formoyle More (R 592 707),
almost hidden amongst bushes.
R 274 958
Just W of a by-road
across a stream and signposted, this is more complex a wedge-tomb
than most, with grass-grown roofstone and impressive, tall,
outer wall-stones. In front of the tomb is a tall slab nearly
2 metres high marking a possible antechamber.
km NE in Tullycommon (R 287 966) is a tiny wedge-tomb
not marked on the map, with a gallery only 1.7 metres long and
80 cms high. The tomb is 500 metres W of Noughaval stone
fort (see under Ballyganner South).
km SSW are the tombs in Leana (see under Parknabinnia).
~ 5.4 km WSW is the
large wedge-tomb at Ballyganner South.
km NW is the tomb or kist at Meggagh (see under Poulaphuca).
M 180 055
Situated about 8 km
WNW of Lisdoonvarna, this tomb, together with those at Baur
South and Ballyganner North, is one of the finest
of many wedge-tombs in the Burren of Clare. The flora surrounding
it, and the superb view S over the remarkable limestone pavement
(or karst) as far as the mountains of county Kerry (on a good
day) add to its appeal. The chamber, which is about 3.4 metres
long is covered at the W end by a large, broken, grass-covered
roofstone measuring 2.1 by 2.4 metres. Some of the stones of
the characteristic outer wall are higher than the roof. The
E end is closed, and the entrance at the W end is partly closed
by a high slab at right angles to the chamber.
~ 7 km WSW are more
wedge-tombs at Ballynahown.
& Cahermackirilla: Wedge-tomb, alignment, etc.
R 254 971
hilltop wedge-tomb forms the centrepiece of a complex of monuments.
It has a west-facing gallery 6 metres long, each side is formed
by two slabs. The large wall-slab on the north side has collapsed
inwards to about 45 degrees and is supported within the gallery
by a small stone. This collapse gives the massive roof-slab
a steep slope. It also is broken in two, with the front 1.5
metres lying on the ground in front of the gallery.
intact, it would have weighed somewhere in the region of 10
tons. At the front of the gallery the front slab is still in
situ, but does not fill the whole width of the gallery.
On the southern side in particular the remains of the double
walling are good. The massive roof-slab would not have covered
the back sections of the walls, which may have been extended
are actually two wedge-tombs here. A few metres to the west
of the main structure there is another small, collapsed (earlier
or later ?) tomb on a different axis, whose roof-slab measures
around 2.5 by 1 metre, and lies on smaller slabs.
The modern field-wall to the N of this tomb marks a townland
50 metres to the east of the wedge tomb there is a large circle
of stones that could be a fairly recent enclosure, but its proximity
to the other monuments suggests that it is of similar antiquity
to them. Just outside its southern edge there is a small cairn
whose top has been removed, exposing a small body-sized kist,
only 30 cm or so wide, formed by two limestone slabs 1.5 metres
long, aligned north-south and blocked by smaller slabs across
the ends. The cairn itself is about 1.5 metres high and 4 metres
in diameter, making the kist relatively large for the size of
metres S - R 254 967 (GPS R 25383 96652) - and tucked
up against a 3 metre bluff there is a sub-rectangular dry stone
wall enclosure measuring about 6 x 4 metres. At one side there
are two large, rounded boulders that seem to form an entrance.
Just outside the opposite wall there is a rounded boulder on
a raised section of limestone pavement. In the centre of the
enclosure there is a large boulder that appears to have a small
cavity beneath it.
The wedge-tomb in Fanygalvan and the alignment in Cahermackirilla.
Cahermackirilla, immediately N of the wedge-tomb
in Fanygalvan, is a NE-SW alignment of 3 stones - rare
in this part of the country. (Though all over the Burren there
are many small slabs set upright in the cracks in the limestone
pavements - echoes of prehistoric stone rows ?) The middle stone
is the tallest, at 1.6 metres high, with the smallest (possibly
broken) stone at the southwest.
100 metres W is a large hut-circle some 10 metres in diamete,
defined by small slabs set on end. There is a larger enclosure
nearby, and another hut circle lies close to the nearby chambered
R 25422 97121 (GPS) is another cairn, 2 metres tall and
about 10 metres in diameter. A field wall runs east-west across
the foot of its southern side.
A low, ragged bump in the ground, just 30 cms high is all that
remains of a second cairn.
in Cahermackirilla, at R 256 976, is a ruined cashel
or stone fort occupying one of the highest spots on this particular
hilltop. The walls on the west and north sides stand well over
4 metres in places. The south and east walls have disappeared
and have been replaced by a thin Burren-style dry stone wall.The
central area is raised at least 1.5m above the surrounding fields.
Against the inside of the west wall there are the remains of
two buildings, one wall standing 2 metres high. In the fields
immediately to the west and east of the main structure there
are a lot of smaller remains, indicating that there was quite
an impressive little settlement around the cashel.
km N of the Fanygalvan wedge-tomb is the tomb or kist at
Meggagh (see under Poulaphuca).
Christianised megalith ?
R 698 850
Also spelt Iniscealtra
and referred to as Holy Island, this monastic site (founded
in the 7th century) with Round Tower in Lough Derg has numerous
Christian monuments, mainly 12th century and earlier. There
are also no fewer than seven bullauns
and a perforated slab known as 'The Bargaining Stone'.
From a megalithic point of view the most interesting structure
is the ruined 'Confessional', a small chapel or oratory built
around what seems to have been either the unroofed chamber of
a passage- or portal-tomb, or a five-stone circle located rather
far North of the Cork/Kerry distribution area. Christianised
standing-stones are fairly common in Atlantic Europe, but Christianised
tombs are rare: the most dramatic examples are on an island
in the river Vienne near Confolens (Vienne) in France, where
the orthostats of a 'dolmen' were replaced with Romanesque columns
to form a chapel-shelter dedicated to Mary Magdalen; and at
Cangas de Onis in Asturias, where an 8th century chapel replaced
a 5th century edifice built over the remains of another megalith.
Placed unusually in
an amphitheatre of low hills, this eroded site, traditionally
the Inauguration Place of the kings of Thomond has the usual
features (like Tara) of large mound six metres high,
and other earthworks in a place of older antiquity marked by
megaliths. Stones are poking through the sides of the mound
where the soil has eroded, because it is an earth-covered cairn-structure.
To the N is a large stone of purplish conglomerate with a bullaun
in it, and to the W is a cairn over 3 metres high. These features
are partly enclosed by an earthen bank on the E in which stand
many stones, and partly enclosed on the SW by a stream on the
other side of which is a 1.9 metre high Standing-stone. Close
by this site there were great gatherings down to the time of
the Great Famine.
~ About 500 metres
SSW is the tree-overgrown triple-walled Cahercalla -
which is not marked on the map. For more information on both
sites, and the link with Brian Boru, see the Voices
from the Dawnwebsite.
~ 7.2 km SSW, in the
grounds of Drumoland Castle, 1.2 km NNE of Newmarket-on-Fergus,
is Moghane or Moughaun Stone fort (R 407 706).
A triple-walled construction, commanding extensive views over
the Shannon Estuary, covering an area of over 10 hectares, is
believed to be the largest hill-fort in the country. At the
highest point is the inner cashel or citadel with walls over
3 metres thick and a diameter of over 100 metres. Near the fort,
and almost certainly connected with it, was found the largest
hoard of gold objects ever found in Western Europe.
~ 3.5 km NNW is Clooney
stone-row (see above).
R 264 936
2 km NNW of Killinaboy,
this is one of the more accessible tombs in the dramatic landscape
of the Burren, close to a by-road, remains of its cairn survive.
The roofstone is over 3 metres long and now growing a crop of
grass. The sides are formed of single massive slabs. The E (rear)
end is closed and the front is partly closed, with a corner
of the door-slab deliberately removed to make a 'spirit-entrance'.
There are several tombs
in Parknabinnia, at least one of which, visible from the tomb
just described, at R 260 934, and now partly-incorporated in
a wall, is very similar - though quite a lot of cairn survives,
and indications of a second gallery. The largest wedge-tomb,
at R 258 933 is now only partly-roofed. Another, recently excavated,
proved to be a court-tomb. The area around Roughan Hill has
the highest density of wedge-tombs in Ireland.
~ 500 metres NE in
Leana (R 269 940), overlooking the monuments in Parknabinnia,
and affording splendid vistas, are a round cairn and a wedge-tomb.
The wedge-tomb's cairn is quite high, with its single roof-stone
tipped at an interesting angle. The gallery is aligned roughly
north-south, and all four walls are in place. At the north end
two overlapping stones block the entrance as at the main Parknabinnia
round cairn is 25 metres in diameter and 3 metres at its highest,
though its dominating position makes it seem higher.
~ 200 metres S at R 269 938 in the same townland is a tiny,
kist-like wedge-tomb whose gallery (80 cm wide, 150 cm long
and 95 cm deep) is totally embedded in the cairn and is aligned
north-east - south-west. The sidestones overlap the endstones,
making it more wedge-like. There are two stones projecting
from the cairn, but it is impossible to say if they are original.
M 264 017
About 6.5 km SW of
Ballyvaughan, this tomb has a very neat box-like chamber, closed
at the E end by a slab reaching to the roofstone which rests
on 2 long sidestones and the backstone. As at Baur South,
the E endstone has a corner chipped away.
Just 10 metres N is
a small raised area with a few exposed stones sticking up, and
an exposed kist at the centre made from small stones. The remains
of the cairn are no more than 30 cms high. A little bit further
N there is another bump that is almost certainly another kist-cairn.
km N, by foot across treacherous limestone pavement, in Eanty
More (M 264 004) is another box-like tomb. It has a superb
and perfectly-preserved door-slab at the W end, with a much
smaller 'soul-hole' on the top corner at the N. Part of the
roof-stone lies inside the back of the gallery, and the back-stone
has been moved and thrown down. Both these tombs resemble the
box-like tombs of the French causses,
where 'soul-holes' are a common feature, though usually in massive
km SE in Rannagh East (M 284 006) is one of the smaller,
but better-preserved of the Burren tombs, with a gallery only
2 metres long and little more than 1 metre wide. The cairn survives
to a height of about a metre, not quite reaching the large roofslab
that covers the entire gallery, but has a chunk broken off.
About 5 metres to the W is a low standing stone. A further 5
metres beyond this is a small cairn, no more than 40 cms high
and 2 metres across. These are not directly on the axis of the
gallery, but the three features do form a straight line.
~ 3 km S by W, just
N of a by-road in Meggagh (R 258 988) is a neat little
tomb not marked on the map. Only 1.4 metres square and 1 metre
high, it looks like a small chamber of a court-tomb - or else
it is a megalithic kist...?
~ 10 km WSW is the
fine tomb at Baur South.
M 236 003
Next to the carved
stones at Newgrange, this is the most-photographed megalith
in Ireland. It is a fine tomb set on the limestone pavement
to the E of the road from Killinaboy to Ballyvaughan, in the
centre of a low round cairn. The entrance faces N and is marked
by a low sill-stone. The thin roofslab, lifted to a height of
1.8 metres by imposing slab-like portal-stones, is tilted at
the usual portal-tomb angle.
The tomb has
recently been repaired after damage similar to that at BallygannerSouth (above).
~ 1 km NNE is
Cahercashlaun cliff-fort, a roughly-oval 'cashel' containing
a souterrain, and an outer defensive wall on the NE side. The
entrance is a natural cleft in the limestone, and was originally
roofed with slabs.
~ 1.6 km NNW (M 230
022) is a wedge-tomb in Gleninsheen - a small, box-like
tomb resembling a stone kist whose E end is now open.
of two other wedge-tombs stand nearby, one of which is just
100 metres to the E and comprising just one upright side stone,
another one flat on the ground, and two oddly pointed overlapping
stones that would have closed the (higher) west end.
R 068 985
There is only a handful
of court-tombs in Clare. This tomb sits in a hollow beyond which
is a view down to the sea. Two large chambers are entered through
the remains of a court, whose tall portals and part of the left
page is expanded on the developed
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