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Ballynoe Portal Tomb
 

County

Carlow

Coordinates

N 52° 46' 00.9"   W 006° 43' 57.0"

Nearest town

Tullow

Grid Ref.

S 85607 69144

Map No.

61

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

64

Date of visit

Wednesday 26 May 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The portal tomb seen from the south.


This fine portal tomb is at the end of a farm track that runs through a closed court. We drove through this court and stopped the car at the end of the track, after 1 km.
The portal tomb stands on a little mound that seems to hide more tombs. At a certain distance from the main tomb some other stones are scattered around and seem to delimit a cairn. The capstone of the tomb has a weird pattern of grooves on it, and these grooves make the capstone look like a tortoise shell. The north portal stone has collapsed inwards and the capstone leans on it.
The tomb is about 3 metres long and wide and 1.90 metres tall.
The entrance faces northeast 60°.
Some thirty metres west from the tomb flows the Derreen river and some cows were grazing on its bank.


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