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LISSAVA PORTAL TOMB
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52 22' 29.748"N...7 57' 49.346"W
This 'possible' portal tomb, not marked on any editions of the OS maps, is located in
the town-land of Lissava (*'Lios an Mheatha' meaning 'fort of the mede'), on a south
facing slope in Scaragh Woods (*Choill na Scairbheach, meaning 'wood of the shallow
ford'), which is situated on the NE fringe of the Galty Mountains (*Na Gaibhlte).
There are extensive views of the Knockmealdown mountains (*Sléibhte Chnoc
Mhaoldomhnaigh) to the south and the town of Caher (*An Chathair, meaning 'the
stone ring-fort ' but was more anciently known as *'Cathair Dhuna Íasca', meaning
'the town of the fort on the water') to the east, over-looking the valley of the River Suir
(*An tSiúir) and the modern M8 motorway to the east. The tomb, one of only two in the
county (the other is Ardcrony TN015-022**), consists of a large sandstone
conglomerate capstone measuring 3.2m in length, 3.1m in width and 1.2m in depth
partially resting on a triangular-shaped possible side-stone measuring 1.3m in height,
0.90m in width and 0.30m in depth at the SW. The tomb, possibly aligned NW-SE, rests
on the ground at the NE. Another possible side-stone lies beneath the capstone to the
NW and a rectangular block of quartz measuring 0.22m x 0.36m, is lying loose NE of
tomb. The small rectangular chamber contains a lot of rubble consisting of small
stones and soil and another mound of rubble lies 1.5m to the north.
The ancient name of the Galty mountains was 'Crota Cliach' meaning the 'humps of
Cliar')
**another monument, Creggane (TN020-009) must await further investigation.
Sources:
* Placenames Database of Ireland 2016
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