Portal Tomb

This small compact portal tomb is one kilometre north of the more well known megalithic monument at Aghnacliff. The tomb is no more than 2.75 metres high and it looks as though the capstone may slip off at any moment. The portal stones are 0.45 metres apart, the southern portal appears to have sunk in the ground from the weight of the capstone, it is much lower than the north portal. The 2.7 metre long capstone rests on five orthostats that form a small, west facing, chamber. A smaller stone fills the gap between the badly leaning backstone and the north side stone. The tomb is known locally as 'Dermot and Grania's bed'.

The image above shows the capstone resting on the two portal stones and the northern side stone. Below we can see the two portal stones with the, inward leaning, south side stone. The image at the bottom of the page was taken from the north west.

Situated: From Aghnacliff go north and take the first right to Gowna and then the next left up a small track, the tomb is about 300 metres up this track in a field to your right, look for the rusty gate.

Discovery Map 34: N 266 897. Last visit Apr 03.

Longitude:7° 35' 46" W

Latitude: 53° 51' 25"N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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