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Portal Tomb

<b>Duffcastle</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Kilnaleck (3km SW)
OS Ref (IE):   N475921 / Sheet: 34
Latitude:53° 52' 34.01" N
Longitude:   7° 16' 39.77" W

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This one was easily spotted from the road as it nestles beside the field boundary. It lives up to the expectation as you cross the field.The slipped capstone is huge, held in a near vertical position by the remaining portal and what appears to be a doorstone. The other portal is missing. Both sidetones and the backstone are still there and this would have been a pretty classic Irish dolmen had the capstone not pushed the backstone outward and fallen onto the back of the chamber. Maybe this happened when some fecker robbed the missing portal.
We spent a while at this one, amused and bemused at its incongruity there, stuck in a time-warp in the middle of some fairly prosaic pastureland.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
20th June 2013ce