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BALLYHONEEN (BAILE UÍ UAITHNÍN) WEDGE TOMB
This great wedge tomb is sited on the highest point on a low ridge to the east of the
Scorid river, ‘An Scóraid’, which has its source in Loughadoon, ‘Loch an Dúin’,
located NW of Sleivenagower, ‘Slí an gCorr’, on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. It
consists of a narrow wedge-shaped gallery which is roofed by two large over-lapping
capstones. It is 4m in length, 1.5m in width at the west narrowing to 1.1m in the east
which lacks a back-stone. Two outer-wall stones are present on the north side and one
on the south-side while a standing stone on the west-end of the gallery supports the
upper capstone. The tomb is partially buried by peat bog and the chamber is filled with
water occasionally to a depth of 0.2m. It is 2m SW of the tomb. Cuppage (1986, pp20-
6), noticed, that ‘three of the stones of the gallery bear rock art designs’. They include
12 shallow cup-marks, a penannular circle, a single cup-and-circle & 2 other
‘possible’ cup-marks.
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SMR No. KE035-073001
52 12' 21.309"N...10 9' 17.041"W
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BALLYHONEEN WEDGE TOMB, COUNTY KERRY