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 see megalithomania.
~ 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.
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 Sheet
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
~ 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 of the group
at 2.5 metres high.
"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 (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.