S 698 273
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2.4 km W of New Ross,
400 metres up a tarred lane to the NW of a by-road leading to
Mullinavat - then 400 metres up a grassy track to an abandoned
farm, and then across two fields, this portal-tomb has a capstone
3 by 2.4 metres and 1.5 metres thick. It is supported by one
slab-like portal-stone 1.5 metres high, and a door-stone. The
backstone has collapsed.
~ 11 km SW of Glencloghlea
in Farnoge (S 602 224) is a ruined double-court tomb
with back-to-back galleries aligned North-South, and segmented
by jambs & sills. One large stone in front of the N gallery
may be the remains of a court.
~ 9.5 km W of New Ross
in Ballynoony West (S 605 276) is a three-stone row which
is up the hill from the site marked on sheet 76. The stones
range from 90 to 120 cms high. The local folklore recounts that
this is where Cromwell's soldiers caught up with three monks
fleeing from Jerpoint Abbey and put them to the sword. 'The
Three Friars' are whitewashed, an old tradition all over
Ireland, now (along with almost every meaningful tradition)
almost entirely abandoned. Near the site marked on the map is
and near it a well.
~ 9.5 km W of New Ross
and about 2.5 km NE of Mullinavat in Ballyvatheen (S
576 267) is a fine standing-stone over 2.2 metres tall, tapering
at the bottom (presumably due to erosion) where it is only 25
About 700 metres NNW
of the standing-stone is a small wedge-tomb, buried in gorse
(S 574 273) which has a very long, narrow gallery with wide
~ 9 km
S by W of New Ross is Whitechurch stone-row (see under
S 503 281
Up a farm lane and
across a field to the North, this fine dolmen, 1 km W of Harristown,
is hidden in a hollow and was, until recently, surrounded by
bushes. It is known as Leac an Scáil ("The Spirit Stone").
Its portal-stones are 3.6 metres high, framing a fine door-stone
2.7 metres high. The dramatically-tilted capstone projects beyond
the portal and reaches a height of 4.5 metres. Its lower end
rests on a smaller, horizontal stone which partly covers the
chamber. Traces of cairn survive round about. The tomb faces
a little stream.
~ 3.2 km SW in Garryduff,
immediately W of a crossroads 2.4 km NE of Owning at
S 467 273, is "The Long Stone", an impressive menhir 3.5 metres
high, 1.3 metres wide and 30 cms thick.
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Owning itself (S 450 267) is a low portal-tomb surrounded
by brambles. The capstone has fallen to one side of the chamber,
pushing one of the portal-stones (which are 1.6 metres high)
~ 12.5 km NNE in Ballylowra
(S 555 377), less than 1 km SSW of Jerpoint Abbey, at the rear
of a farm building, is a megalithic kist tomb whose capstone
is at ground level and which resembles the dolmens of the French
~8 km ESE is the standing-stone
at Ballyvatheen (see above).
~ 11 km SE is the double-court
tomb at Farnoge (see above).
S 430 283
This site - known as
The Cashel - on Kilmacoliver Hill not far SE of the celebrated
9th century crosses at Ahenny in Tipperary (and a similar distance
NW of the cross at Kilkieran in county Kilkenny) is slowly being
excavated - hence (in 2003) a tall barbed-wire fence and much
black plastic sheeting. There are two passage-tombs. The simple
western tomb has a roof-box which allows the rays of the setting
sun to pass along the upward-sloping passage at the Winter Solstice,
when it illuminates a tall red-sandstone portal. The stones
of the chamber are carved with cups & rings and concentric
circles. The eastern tomb has a double-cruciform chamber.
there are about thirty decorated but weathered stones at the
site, which overlooks a river - as does a nearby cairn to the
SE. The view W (the direction of the equinoctial sunset) is
to the prominent hill of Slievenamon (Tipperary) with cairns
on its summit and N ridge.
~ 100 metres to the N (S 430 284, marked Megalithic Tomb
on sheet 75) is another fine passage-tomb affording splendid
views. This too is ruined, with very little of its cairn remaining,
but with a substantial number of its kerb-stones and several
of the chamber-orthostats surviving.
East : Standing stone
S 503 792
In a field
behind a pub between the Waterford by-pass and the M9 motorway
a few kilometres N of Waterford is a handsome standing stone
2.5 metres high.
by David Heenan
are likely to be many unrecorded standing-stones in the area,
extending W to Tipperary - such as this phallic one, prudishly
bashed in the 19th or early 20th century - photographed by Nigel
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