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Corracloona Court Tomb
 

County

Leitrim

Coordinates

N 54° 20' 05.04"   W 008° 00' 16.8"

Nearest town

Kiltyclogher

Grid Ref.

G 99697 42893

Map No.

16

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

115

Date of visit

Tuesday 4 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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Corracloona Court Tomb is also locally known with the name of Prince Connell's Grave (Feart Chonaill Flaith), as the signpost reads.


Corracloona Court Tomb is also locally known with the name of Prince Connell's Grave (Feart Chonaill Flaith), as the signpost reads, and was built between 4000 and 3500 years ago, during the early Bronze Age.

The structure is surrounded by a rectangular stone cairn which is about 11.90 metres long and 5.80 metres wide. It might recall the structure of Creevykeel Court Tomb, though in a smaller scale and wilder.

The court is on the southwest (235°) side of the tomb and is about 4 metres wide. A large rectangular stone lies flat on the ground to the southwest.
The burial chamber is is 2.35 metres wide and 3.35 metres long, and is accessed through a trapezoidal hole cut into the large stone slab at the entrance. This hole is locally know and the "kennel hole" and measure about 80 centimetres of width at the ground level, about 48 centimetres at the top level, and is about 65 centimetres high. It is thought this hole would allow to add more burials into the chamber. This feature is uncommon in Ireland, but rather common in similar tombs in France and Belgium.
One of the stones on the northwest side of the court has a dozen of small cupmarks on its surface.
Behind this stone is a subsidiary small chamber.

The ground around the the tomb is soft and boggy, especially when it's raining.
On the day of our visit it was pouring rain and we had to wait ages in the car to have a drier moment.


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