About 300 metres ENE
of Aghnacliff church, this startling dolmen has two capstones
which from the angle of approach seem to be balanced one on
the other. The upper one is the larger, over 3 metres long and
1.5 metres thick, supported both by the smaller capstone beneath
and by the one surviving portal-stone which is 2 metres high.
~ 1.2 km NNE in Cleenrah,
in a field to the E of a tarred track (N 266 897), is "Dermot
and Grania's Bed", a charming but much less impressive portal-tomb.
It has a large single capstone on portal-stones which are (unusually)
no higher than the sidestones.
~ 8.7 km W
by S in Birrinagh (N 161 879) is a roofless portal-tomb
with nicely-matched portal stones 1.9 metres high and a door-slab
a little lower. The capstone was dislodged only 60 or 70 years
ago, and now stands upright to one side, looking like a side-stone.
Only a back-stone survives, however. Still a lovely megalith,
it must have been very fine when the roof-stone was in place,
in a beautiful situation at the bottom of a wide valley with
low hills in three directions.
N 145 625
5.6 km NNW of Ballymahon,
to the W of a by-road, a gable-shaped slab over 2.5 metres high
and almost 2 metres wide is packed at the base with one large
and several small stones.
~ There are several more
stones in the area, including two in Glenmore townland,
one in a field in front of Glenmore House (1.5 km NW of Cartronbrack),
and another near the road two fields S of Glenmore House.
~ 4.2 km W (N 103 625
on Sheet 40) is Corlea Visitor Centre, which is a good
model of how to preserve and present ancient 'Heritage' - in
this case a criss-crossed network of up to 57 different tracks
ranging from Neolithic hurdle tracks to the main attraction:
an enigmatic wooden road one kilometre long, dendro-dated to
148 BCE. It is the widest of its kind so far uncovered in Europe,
but its purpose remains a mystery.
Though wide enough to take carts, the roadway saw very little
use, having hardly any signs of wear upon it. No piles were
erected to support the massive structure and it sank below the
surface of the bog within 10 years. This adds to the theory
that it could have been built for a single or short-period 'ritual'
or 'ceremonial' use.
Once the excavations
of the site were completed, an 18-metre length of the road's
timbers was preserved. A purpose-built centre was erected over
the original location and then the trackway was put back exactly
where it was.
is not on the main tourist circuit, so there are not many visitors.
Money-spinning Newgrange sees thousands daily, but Corlea gets
just 6000 during the entire 6 months during which it is open
Cloghchurnel: Megalithic enclosure
N 344 838
In a field
immediately SW of a by-road and about 400 metres of the main
Granard-Ballinagh road, stand 24 stones, 6 of which are upright,
7 lengthwise, and the rest fallen. They form an ellipse which
has been cut by the road, and are of varying heights up to 1.5
metres. They cannot be described with certainty as a stone circle
(or as a kerb), and their interest lies mainly in their mystery.
~ 2.5 km SSE, in a field SSE of the road from Granard to Ballyjamesduff
is another group of stones in Cartronbore (N 354 813).
Of about 16 original stones only 2 now stand erect and 8 are
fallen. The best section is on the W side where the 2 stones
are still standing. On the S side the stones have fallen and
there is a large gap around the northeast section, where there
is a pile of boulders - presumably field clearance. A row of
three stones runs to the S, suggesting that this monument is
indeed the remains of a circle with alignment.