From the West

Ballynageeragh

It has taken quite a while for me to write a few notes about this particular portal tomb, that is mainly because there is so little to be said. As you first approach the dolmen it looks rather small, due to the fact it is standing in a huge field with very little near it for scale. Then as you get closer the monument begins to look quite dramatic, this is followed by huge disappointment when you see how badly the tomb has been reconstructed. As you can see from the image above there is something wrong with the entrance, either the two portal stones or one portal stone and a doorstone are missing. At the rear of the tomb it is worse, the capstone rests on a wall constructed in 1940 from building blocks. There are around ten portal tombs within a radius of twenty kilometres from here with the finest examples at Gaulstown and Knockeen plus many standing stones and a few passage tombs all very accessible.

Situated: From Waterford City take the N25 west, after 6 K take the R681 south, then after approx 6 kilometres take the fourth left, then 2k down this road take another left, 100 metres down here take a left up a track. The tomb can be viewed from the road.

Discovery Map 75, 82: S 4946 0311. Last visit Sept 2006.

Longitude: 7° 16' 37" W

Latitude: 52° 10' 40" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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