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LOUGHBRACK WEDGE TOMB
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52 41' 3.645"N...8 8' 16.35"W
This fantastic and huge Wedge Tomb, marked on all editions of the OS maps as
'Dermot & Grania's Bed', is located on a small plateau, purposely left vacant of pine
tree plantation, between Kilcommon Hill, (*Cnoc an Cill Chuimín, meaning 'hill of St.
Cummin's church') and Knocknabansha Hill, (*Cnoc na Báinsí, meaning 'hill of the
plain), east of the River Bilboa, (*An Chlaoideach), with Mauherslieve or Mother
Mountain, (*Máthair Shléibhe), further to the west  and overlooking the wide
Tipperary countryside to the south. The town-land of Loughbrack, (*An Log Breac,
meaning 'speckled hollow') was recorded by O'Donovan in the OS letters as being in
the parish of Templebeg: 'Lagbreac (the speckled hollow), now corruptly Loughbrack,
site of a remarkable cromlech and its site was still pointed out' (O.S.L. p.511). He also
states that 'from the presence of this name, I am of the opinion that a monument is
indicated which existed on the mountain-side, half a century before I visited the spot'
(ibid). Borlase only briefly mentions this fine wedge tomb. He wrote: 'In the town-land
of Loughbrack, is a dolmen marked Dermot and Grania’s Bed in Ord. Surv Map No.
39. This must be the same as that named Clochbrack in Ms. Stokes’s Historica, since it
is a mile and a half from that at Foilmahonmore' (Borlase, p.53). The gallery is almost
7m in length and nearly 2m in width at the entrance, tapering to 1.6m at the back. The
outer-walling, doubled at both sides, is well preserved and indicates a decrease in
height and width towards the east. The enormous 3m back stone is still in place and a
large slab, which maybe a roof stone, lies inside the chamber at the back between the
surviving gallery side-stones and another rests against the eastern transverse stone. The
back-stone and buttress stone arrangement is very similar to Labbacallee Wedge Tomb
in County Cork (CO027-086), with its equally huge back-stone and erect buttress stones
giving it support, and may also have had three chambers in all. The inner line of outer-
walling at the south is represented by six stones. Outside and flanking the eastern half
of this and extending further to the east, there is an outer line of seven thin stones. Six
stones of an inner line of outer-walling remain on the north side of the monument and
there are four stones of an outer line. There are low traces of a D-shaped mound
surrounding the structure.

Sources:
Borlase, W., 'The Dolmens of Ireland' Vol. 1 (1897)
OS Letters, Tipperary, Vol.1 (1840)
Survey of the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland Vol. IV (Dublin, 1982)
* Placenames Database of Ireland 2016
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