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PREBAUN Portal Tomb
Co. Mayo (Contae Mhaigh Eo), Ireland
SMR No. MA049-044001

This collapsed portal tomb, not marked on any editions of the OS maps, is located in
the town-land of Prebaun (*An Preabán, meaning 'a patch') on elevated moorland at
the south-west end of the Ox Mountains (*Sliabh Gamh) overlooking the valley of the
Yellow river (*An Abhainn Bhuí), a small tributary of the River Moy (*An Mhuaidh
meaning, 'the river of victory or virtues) to the east and close to the Foxford Way,
(*Bealach Bheal Easa) and NE of the town of Foxford, (*Beal Easa meaning 'ford
mouth of the waterfall'). To the west the Nephin & Nephin Beg mountains (*Cnoc
Néifinn & Néifinn Bheag) are visible. The tomb, orientated NW - SE, consists of a
large capstone, measuring 3.9m in length, 2.2m in width and 0.30m in depth, now
supported by the fallen side-stones. The two portal stones, 2.3m & 1.6m in length, have
fallen out from the tomb and are now positioned at the SW and NE side of tomb. An
unclassified tomb (MA049-044002) possible a court tomb, lies 300m to the NE.
Foxford was more anciently known as 'Beul Atha Sionnaigh' from a rock in the form
of a fox in the River Moy.
Sources:
* Placenames Database of Ireland 2016
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