Wedge tomb

The megalithic tomb at Island in County Cork is much smaller than it appears on most photographic images, but this takes nothing away from this rather neat monument. The tomb was excavated and partially restored in 1957. Some cremated bones were found during the excavation, these were located towards the end of the gallery. The image at the bottom of the page is the first view of the site you see as you approach it from the red barn.


The two large orthostats

The tomb is U shaped and about 11 metres in diameter with a gallery almost 7 metres in length, with double walling and an entrance marked with two large orthostats shown right. This tomb is a fine example to visit if you want to see the construction of the gallery and its surrounding walls, these can can be seen in the image below.

First glimpse

Situated: From Mallow in County Cork, take the N20 South, after about six kilometres take a left turn for Burnfoot (sign-posted). Take the next left in Burnfoot, keep right at the fork and right at the T-junction. Take the second track on your right at Island bridge this leads up to two farmhouses, Ask at the second house I found them very friendly. The tomb is in a field behind the large red barn.

Discovery Map 80: W 6025 9078. Last visit Sept 2006.

Longitude: 8° 34' 47" W

Latitude: 52° 4' 4" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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