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Matthewstown Passage Tomb
 

County

Waterford

Coordinates

N 52° 10' 33.0"   W 007° 13' 38.0"

Nearest town

Tramore

Grid Ref.

S 52914 02905

Map No.

75

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

73

Date of visit

Monday 18 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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How the passage tombs looks like when you enter the field.


This beautiful passage tomb is on one of the highest points in the area and from here there's a wonderful landscape. The sun came out in the very moment we arrived here, so we could enjoy the views all around for miles.
The passage tomb is in a private field, but there isn't any house or farm where we could ask. We opened the timber gate and walked into the field. The monument is only 25 metres west from it.
It's 5 metres long, 1.55 metres tall and 5.60 metres wide on the west end, that is the rear end of the tomb. The entrance faces east, towards the gate where we were coming from.
The passage is covered by three big roofstones.
Down the valley on the other side of the road there's a pig farm. Every ten minutes or so, a truck with a load of pigs would come out of there and go south, possibly to a slaughterhouse. We could hear the pigs screaming for despair while we were visiting the place, a very sad sight!


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