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Round Barrow(s)

<b>Punchestown</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Ballymore Eustace (6km SSE)
OS Ref (IE):   N916161 / Sheet: 55
Latitude:53° 11' 14.98" N
Longitude:   6° 37' 46.26" W

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A huge barrow in the grounds of Punchestown race-course, it's close on 30 metres in diameter. The central mound is quite low but may have been taller in the past as the ditch and bank are of such a large size, the top of the bank being close on 3 metres above the bottom of the ditch in places in the northern arc of the barrow.
Punchestown race-course is popular with dog-walkers and access is through the gate-style at the entrance, opposite the field with the race-course standing stone. I arrived here late in the January evening and there were quite a few people about, but none in the vicinity of this forgotten monument. This could be a showcase part of the grounds with a little bit of tidying, but like so much of our ancient heritage, is now willfully neglected and overgrown.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
29th January 2008ce
Edited 29th January 2008ce