SELECTED MONUMENTS IN
COUNTY WEXFORD

Place-names in italics refer to listed entries.



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Ballybrittas: Portal-tomb
S 933 313
Sheet 68

4.6 km SSW of Enniscorthy, 300 metres up a lane to the N of the R.127, and to the right, obscured by scrub and bracken, this fine but lurching tomb has a capstone 3.6 metres square, supported by portal-stones 1.8 metres high. The large chamber is partly closed by a broken door-slab 1 metre high. The monument is similar in situation and type of stone to that at Kilmogue, Kilkenny.

~ 4.9 km S, in Barnmoney (S 919 268) is a pair of granite stones, male and female, not marked on the map. They are aligned roughly NNE-SSW The northernmost stone is 1m tall and square in plan with a flat top. The other stone is pointed, taller (not quite 1.5m) and much more natural-looking. They are spaced 4 metres part, which is unusual, but it is very unlikely there was a third stone.

~ Some 15 km NNE of the Ballybrittas tomb at Killabeg (to the W of the railway-line at S 991 450) is a nicely-shaped standing-stone 1.8 metres high.



Buncarrick: Standing-stone
T 113 075
Sheet 77

This is the easiest to find of several granite standing-stones in the area. It is near the southern edge of 'Our Lady's Cemetery' 5 km S of Rosslare Harbour, and is shouldered at the bottom. Standing-stones in old graveyards are not unusual in Ireland - but this is a modern cemetery.

~ 2 km S in Castletown (T 117 053) is another, also standing some 1.5 metres high.

~ 2 km W by N, in the middle of a field in Ballytory (T 092 079) is a slender and leaning example some 2 metres high. Horizontal grooves at the bottom suggest that it is not prehistoric, but quarried more recently using wedges. It might therefore be a scratching-post for cattle.

~ 3 km WSW in Ballymacane (T 072 083), in a rough field about 20 metres from a minor road, beside a modern bungalow, is a damaged pair - the male minus its (presumably phallic) top, the female with a long almost-vertical gash in its W face, and a much smaller one on its E face. Both are now 1.2 metres high and the usual distance apart sufficient to allow cattle to be driven between them for fertility magic: compare Boherboy, county Dublin, Sandville under Cregg, county Derry, Moneyslane under Legananny, county Down, and Tulnacross under Beaghmore, county Tyrone. A series of horizontal striations on the NW corner of the male stone are natural grooves in the quartzite which forms part of the stone, and are not an ogam inscription.

~ 5 km WSW in Ballyboher (T 053 086) is the tallest of the group at 2.5 metres high.


Robinstown Great: Stone circle
S 811 292
Sheet 76

Marked "Standing-stones" on the map, this seems to be one of the few "Four-poster" circles in Ireland (see Lettergorman, county Cork). The tallest (NE) stone is around 1.7 metres tall. The western stones are both 1.6 metres and the shortest (SE) stone is just 1.1 metre. The rectangle that they form measures some 5 x 4 metres. To the north are two other stones that make the site a bit confusing, but the four main stones are so obvious as to define the site as a "four poster" with outliers.


Whitechurch: Stone-row
S 711 189
Sheet 76

9 km S by W of New Ross, this line of three stones (running NE-SW) echoes the profile of Slievecoiltia to the NE. They are in ascending order of height from 1.1 to 1.9 metres. All three stones are of granite containing flecks of quartz.

~ 9.1 km NNW is the Portal-tomb at Glencloghlea, county Kilkenny.