|BROWNE'S HILL PORTAL TOMB
|PHOTO by Pip POWELL
|Officially known as the Kernanstown Cromlech, the Browne’s Hill Dolmen, “Dolmain
Chnoc an Bhrunaigh” in Gaelic, is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of
Carlow town and is marked on both the OSI and historic maps as “Cromlech”. It is
located north of the River Burren, (An Bhoirinn) a large tributary of the River Barrow
to the west and faces a north easterly direction on a gentle east facing slope. The
enormous granite capstone, measuring 4.7m in width, 6.1m in length, and 2m in depth
and weighing an estimated 100 - 150 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in
Europe. It is supported by two large portal stones, a door slab, a prostrate slab and
slopes to the ground away from the entrance. Another orthostat flanks the north portal
stone and could be the remains of a forecourt or facade as in the earlier court tombs.
There are no visible remains of a cairn or mound. It was built between 4000 and 3000
BC but there is very little additional information available because it has never been
excavated and so the extent of the chamber cannot be determined.
52 50’ 15.206”N…6 52’ 52.088”W