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MOYTIRRA COURT TOMB
MOYTIRRA COURT TOMB, COUNTY SLIGO
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2008
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This Court Tomb, marked on both the OSI & Historic maps as 'Giant's Grave', is
located on rocky pasture, on the east slopes of Dromore Hill, overlooking Lough Arrow,
'Loch Arbhach' to the west and the Passage Tomb Cemetery at Creevykeel on the
Bricklieve Mountains, further west. The U-shaped open court, measuring 7m in length
at the NNE, leads to a well-preserved gallery of four chambers, 13m in length and 2.9m
- 1.5m in width.The two entrance jambs of the gallery also function as courtstones and
one orthostat of the more westerly arm of the court survives and two remain on the
other side. At the outer end of this side of the court there is a low moss-covered
courtstone and just beyond and at right angles to it another low stone, possibly part of
the tomb facade. A stone, split in two, and set more or less along the main axis of the
structure stands in the gallery entrance and divides it in two. Another stone at right
angles, closes the eastern half of the entrance gap. The divisions between the 1st three
chambers are marked by single jambs, in each case at the west. The 3rd and 4th
chambers are separated by a sillstone. The chamber sidestones and the backstone of the
gallery survive intact. There are three blocks of stone of uncertain origin, 1m and 9m
beyond the back of the gallery and a stone wall extends NE-SW across the west arm of
the court. A large limestone block on top of a smaller stone lies  30m to SW and is
known locally as the 'Rocking Stone'.
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