S 933 313
4.6 km SSW of Enniscorthy,
300 metres up a lane (now blocked by a veterinary complex) 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, but for the foreseeable future
is best reached with the help of a local guide - or a helicopter!
For GPS co-ordinates
the picture to see the tomb as it was in 2013
photos byTom FourWinds
~ 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
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.
T 113 075
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
graveyards are not unusual in Ireland.
~ 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
~ 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 and most
massive of the group at 2.5 metres high.
Great: Stone circle
S 811 292
"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.
9 km S
by W of New Ross, this line of three stones (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.
by Ian Thompson
9.1 km NNW is the Portal-tomb at Glencloghlea, county