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
km NNE in Cleenrah, in a field to the E of a tarred track,
is "Dermot and Grania's Bed" (N 266 897), 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
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 monoliths 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.
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.
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.
centre 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 each year.
N 344 838
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.
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.
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