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Ballybrack Portal Tomb
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 14' 42.42"   W 006° 07' 20.4"

Nearest town

Ballybrack

Grid Ref.

O 25318 23283

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

7

Date of visit

Monday 15 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The reconstructed portal tomb in the perfectly maintained green of the housing estate. Seen from the west.


We weren't meant to come here, but we found it on our way so we stopped and had a look at it.
This clumsily reconstructed portal tomb sits in the middle of a green in a housing estate.
The feeling that we had on visiting this place was a bit of uneasy. The presence of many houses around us and the monument and a quite busy road with a bus stop nearby put us in an uncomfortable position.
The area around the tomb is rather clean, though we had to remove some cans and bottles before taking our photos. Some smashed glasses were inside the tomb.
I wonder how this tomb has survived so far without further defacing. We have seen other megalithic monuments in urban context and they had more bad luck than this one.
The tomb has a massive capstone, with a rounded top and a flat lower side, as it had been cut with a modern quarry tool. It stands on four upright stones that show clear evidences of reconstruction.
It's about 2.60 metres long, 2.40 metres wide and 2.05 metres tall. The portal stones face to the southeast (130°).


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