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KNOCKROE PORTAL TOMB
KNOCKROE PORTAL TOMB, COUNTY CARLOW
This wonderful,hidden and forgotten portal tomb is located on the eastern slope of       
Knockroe mountain on the
Carlow - Wexford border with Mount Leinster to the north.  
In summer it can be hidden by thick gorse and heather but my visit was after some
gorse burn-back. The views are just spectacular and  panoramic looking out over high
mountains and broad valleys to the east towards the Irish sea in the distance. The tomb
is orientated east - west, with the rear of the tomb,once embedded into the mountain
side but now slightly elevated above the surrounding earth. The capstone is massive
measuring 3.7m in length,2.7m in width,0.70m in depth and is 0.70m above the
chamber floor. There appears to be slight markings under the capstone similar to
cup-marks but this would need a proper archaeological excavation to determine. Only
one portal stone is still in situ and it is now 1.2m in height,having collapsed inwards
under the massive weight of the capstone. There is some evidence of dry-walling at the
rear of the tomb and the chamber floor is covered in gravel but this may be natural. On
the      surface of the capstone is a horse-shoe like carving measuring 0.17m X 0.12m
but its date is uncertain. One of the side wall uprights on the south-side has what
appears to be a spiral motif measuring 0.40m across.
CO-ORDINATES
52 35' 30.646"N...6 47' 8.07"W
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
MAY 2010
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