Looking east over the barrow.


Ring Barrow

I stopped at his super little ring barrow on my way back from visiting a few megaliths in County Carlow. Ring Barrows are one of Irelands most common form of prehistoric burial. There are a number of various types of barrow. This one is a ring barrow, a low mound surrounded by a concentric ditch with an external bank. It is the most accessible of the monuments that form the Barrow Cemetery here at Greatheath. The general purpose of barrows is thought to be funerary, but they were also constructed for ceremonial use. The enormous ring barrow Rath na tDarbh is a superb example of a ceremonial barrow.

Situated: Heading south on the M7 take Exit 16. Then take the 1st exit at the roundabout. The Barrow is 1.2 kilometres down here on your left at the crossroads.

Google Map

Discovery Map 55: N5213 0090. Last visit June 2014.

Longitude:  7° 13' 21" W

Latitude: 53° 3' 22" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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