Portal Tomb

The first impression one gets of the portal tomb at Drumhawnagh is that it is a modern garden feature, but it is a genuine megalithic tomb. From the rear, see image below, it looks a bit of a mess but this is because the capstone has slipped. I believe this was due to a calf becoming trapped in the chamber and a side stone being removed to free it, although the side stone was replaced the capstone was not replaced in the original position. The tomb consists of a 2.3 metre long chamber formed by two portal stones, two side stones and a back stone, the triangular shaped stone in the centre of the image below. The pic showing the rear was taken by José on a recent visit to the monument in 2020.

The rest of these images were taken shortly after the modern dwelling was built. In these images we can clearly see the two matching portal stones that form the entrance to the tomb. The capstone would have rested on top of the two 1.55 metre high stones, they stand 0.75 metres apart. The west side stone leans inward. The monument is aligned NNE-SSW.

Situated: From Bellanagh Co Cavan take the N 55 south for Granard after 7 kilometres take a right turn for Drumhawnagh the tomb is 2 kilometres up this road on the right just passed the post office.

Google Map.

Discovery Map 34: N 3496 9251. Last visit Sept 2020.

Longitude: 7° 28' 6" W

Latitude: 53° 52' 51" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutiérrez.

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