What a treat to see as ytou drive down the lane that skirts the low drumlin upon which this much ruined passage tomb stands upon. The hillock is a 10m high (natural) mound that is dotted with large lumps of rock, some seemingly forming a circle around it half way up its height - perhaps a kerb.
On the summit is the remains of the chamber. This consists of three wall slabs covered but a large roof slab. The interior of the chamber is around 1.5m cubed. I sat in here to shelter from the blistering sun whilst eating my dinner, watching the sheep watch me in fascination. I was also watched by the woman that lives in the nearby bungalow the whole time I was there.
To the south, running along the spine of the mound are two lines of stones that my denote a longer passage, but these are so disorganised it is difficult to say.
I had just been to see the Sheela-na-Gigs at Skregg (County Roscommon) and I couldn't resist stopping off here again. I still can't work this monument out. What exactly is it? And what did it used to look like?
If the open end is the front, which I'm sure it is because of the low sill stone, then it faces south: a fairly unusual direction for a passage tomb to face. Again I found myself wondering how many of the zillions of large stones strewn all over the hill were once part of the tomb.
This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.
Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.
Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.
The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.
UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.
ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.