Portal tomb

30th December 2003, my last trip of the year, I decided to visit some easily accessible sites. This gorgeous little portal tomb was the second on my list for the day. Situated in a roadside niche not too far from my first point of call, the ogham stone at Cloonmorris, I was really impressed with this small compact portal tomb. Maybe it was the snow or the donkeys in the field behind me but I was delighted that I had made the effort to visit this particular megalithic tomb.

The monument faces east and consists of two portal stones of unequal height (to compensate for the step in the capstone), two sidestones and a backstone. As you can see from the picture below the capstone has a really knobly surface and it gives the impression it is bolted down to the rest of the tomb. The capstone roughly measures 2.2 metres by 2 metres by 1/2 metre thick. The chamber measures 2.4 metres long by 1.2 metres wide.

Situated: From Longford take the R198 north to Drumlish. Then a left for Farnaght, at the T -Junction take a right for Cornageeha. The tomb is situated 2K down this road on your left hand side.

Discovery Map 34: N 1407 9258. Last visit Dec 2003.

Longitude: 7° 47' 9" W

Latitude: 53° 52' 57" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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