|MANGER MEGALITHIC TOMB
52 55' 257.8"N...7 6' 45.2"W
|This fine megalithic tomb is situated in an upland area by the roadside, west of the
Blackthrench River, south of the town of Stradbally, 'An tSraidbhaile' and is marked
on the OSI map as 'Ass's Manger'. The tomb, a small stone-built structure
incorporated in a road-side fence at the rim of an old quarry which has been in-filled
in recent years, is located on elevated arable land. It consists of a cover-slab, 2.50m in
length, 2.20m in width and 0.30cm in depth, supported by a number of upright stones.
Under this slab there is a chamber 0.80m in depth, opening to the NE. The slab has
slipped from the tops of two stones at its NE end but still rests on an upright stone
and dry-walling alongside at about its mid-line. Just east of the structure there was a
line, some 2.50m in length, of three upright stones only two of which are now visible.
An earlier account by O'Byrne in 1849, would suggest that this is the remnants of a
larger and substantially buried structure and that it was surrounded by a circle of
stones. Cists containing bones were said to have been uncovered closeby. The whole
may have been some form of burial monument but its nature is uncertain.