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GAULSTOWN PORTAL TOMB
GAULSTOWN PORTAL TOMB, COUNTY WATERFORD
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2008
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This fantastic portal tomb is located in scrub at the bottom of a steep north facing
slope, at a junction with a gentler slope, 100m north-east of a head water of the
Ballymoat River and is marked on the OSI map as "Dolmen". The tomb is constructed
of a local stone and is complete, facing south-east into the hillside. The large
rectangular capstone, measuring 4.2m in length, 2.55m in width and 1m in depth, is
resting on two portal-stones and a back-stone, with two side-stones and a door-stone. A
cist 8m to the south-west, may have shared the same cairn as this portal tomb but
nothing remains of any cairn or mound. The tomb was first recorded by Du Noyer in
1864-6 and is now surrounded by a public enclosure and is possibly the best preserved
portal tomb in County Waterford.
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