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BALLYGRANEY PORTAL TOMB
It is just fantastic to come across an almost intact portal tomb, complete with capstone,
two portal stones, a door slab, side stones, dry-stone walling at the back and a dry
chamber. The huge capstone, which looks like a giant sea turtle from the back, similar
to Ballynoe/Newtown Portal Tomb, Co. Carlow (CW013-036), weighs approx: 6 - 8 tons
and measures 3.5m in length, 2.9m in width and 1m in depth. The slim, evenly matched
portal stones are 1.1m in height and are jammed into the earth at the front, with the
door slab tightly lodged between them. The beauty of this tomb is the chamber which
can be accessed from the rear where a small hole has been dug-out. This is where you
can see the side stones still in there original position, curving around to the back where
the tomb slopes onto a small dry stone wall. The chamber is large, measuring 2.6m in
length, 1.8m in width and is 1.1m high and from here you can get a real idea of the
structure of the tomb. The door slab is 2.4m in width, 1.2m in height and 0.40m in
depth and fits like a glove into the entrance. There are side stones on each side and are
butted neatly together and diminish in height towards the rear where the capstone rests
on top of the small tightly packed dry-stone wall. The tomb has field’s walls radiating
from the portal stones to the north and south and is most likely the remains of the
cairn. The orientation of the tomb is to the east and to the mountain peak of Mount
Leinster in the distance. The tomb is located just 20m west of a small stream which
feeds into the mighty River Barrow to the west.
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