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Court Tomb

<b>Tullyskeherny</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Manorhamilton (3km NW)
OS Ref (IE):   G9037 / Sheets: 16, 26
Latitude:54° 16' 53.79" N
Longitude:   8° 9' 12.77" W

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Two court tombs, back to back but 5 metres apart, unlike Aghanaglack, a dual court tomb with only a stone separating the galleries. This place is all about place. Yes there's the tombs, the northern one of which is like no other, but it's where they're at is where it's at.

From Manorhamilton, a 5 minute drive to a gate, and a further minute along a track at the side of some forestry and it all opens up. The track remains drivable past the tombs but I parked just before and above them. Wild Irish peatland, in places eroded down to the limestone pavement, and views for miles all around. Benbo to the west is dominant, north-west into Sligo you can see Truskmore and Tievebaun. The plateau that you're on rises to the south and it looks bleak in that direction forever.

I had to come here after reading Anthony Weir's description of the tombs. It was their situation that captivated me however. The wrecks of both tombs take patience to work out. Weir says 2 chambers in the main gallery with 6 subsidiary chambers set into the cairn at the back of the northern tomb.
The southern tomb is less complex with a 2-chambered gallery. Both tombs have some remains of their courts.

I spent most of my time here just wandering about the area, over towards the old farmhouse, marvelling at the formations of the limestone, parts of which are crowned with half a metre of peat. At the end of it all I didn't want to leave. A great spot to camp out in I'd say, though pegging the tent down might be difficult in this terrain. Wonderful place.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
4th August 2011ce
Edited 27th April 2014ce