Annaghmare

Ever since I first saw pictures of this Court Tomb I have wanted to visit the site. Situated in a forestry plantation in County Armagh, Annaghmare is one of the finest single Court Tombs anywhere in Ireland. Known locally as the Horned Cairn, the court is over eight metres in diameter. Pictured above is the first view of the tomb as you approach from the pathway.

The Gallery is seven metres in length and is divided by jambs into three chambers. It faces south, opening into the large court. Two other subsidiary chambers were added to the northern end of the twenty metre long cairn at a later date. The court is more than semi-circular and comprised of large and small orthostats with drystone walling between them. From the picture above you can see the dry walling and one of the large orthostats that give the tomb its local name.

Photos: Jim Dempsey

Subsidiary Chambers

Situated: From Crossmaglen take the B135 North for 1 kilometre and turn right at the crossroads. Drive along this road to a T-Junction; take a left here.Aafter about 300 metres you will see the forestry on your right and will come to a sign pointing to the Tomb. Drive down and park at the gate - the tomb is another 200 metre along this path.

Discovery Map 28, 28B: H 905 178. Lastvisit September 2005.

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