MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
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This amazing megalithic structure, is located 10m into the tidal estuary on the south-
side of Poulnalibe creek in Cork harbour. The structure becomes half covered with the
full tide and seaweed usually covers the bottom half of the structure. Two upright &
parallel side-stones, orientated E-W, support a slightly inclining capstone to the north.
The north side-stone measures 1.5m in height; 1.8m in width & 0.3m in depth. The
south side-stone measures 1.45m in height; 1.9m in width & 0.35m in depth, and is 1.5
m from the north side-stone. The capstone measuring 1.6m N-S; 1.8m E-W & 0.2m in
depth, is supported by the side-stones but not by the back-stone, which measures 1.4m
in height; 0.9m in width & 0.12m in depth at the west end. O’Kelly (ibid, 13-14)
considered it ‘a megalithic tomb of the simplest kind’ and was certain tomb is a
‘genuine ancient structure’. However, De Valera & Ó Nualláin (1982, 48) believed
because of its orientation to the E, its location on the modern shoreline and the fact
that the capstone was replaced at one stage, and thus, ‘the present remains are not
sufficient to warrant its inclusion in our main list of megalithic tombs in Co. Cork’.
CO-ORDINATES
51 51' 24.65"N...8 10' 55.25"W
RMP No. CO088-010
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ROSTELLAN MEGALITHIC STRUCTURE
ROSTELLAN MEGALITHIC STRUCTURE, COUNTY CORK