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Kilkeel (Portal Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Corradooey (Court Tomb) — Fieldnotes

I had an appointment in a hotel in Letterkenny and it finished earlier than I had expected. Usually if I'm traveling that far I'll have done an itinerary and have my maps with me, but as I thought I'd be in the hotel until nightfall, I hadn't bothered. Now I had about 2 and a half hours of daylight to spare so I typed in Drumskinny stone circle into Google Maps and headed off. It was 50 minutes away and was going to add 30 minutes to my three hour journey home but what the hell.

I headed out the Letterkenny to Ballybofey road but was traveling almost blind as I'd never been in this part of the country. I kept pretty much to the GM directions but peered over any hedgerows I could to see if there any wayward sites. After about 25 minutes and heading downhill towards some forestry I noticed a bunch of upright stones beside a field wall about 50 metres into a field on my left. I was fairly moving it but jammed on a bit past and out of sight of the site. The speed limit sign I parked beside was in mph and as I left the car and headed back, there was one in kph – I was right on the border.

The border-line runs right through this tomb. It is not mentioned in the Survey of the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland, Vol. VI, County Donegal but is mentioned in the Archaeological Inventory of County Donegal. It is very much a court tomb and is a wrecked mess that could do with a bit of tidying up. The remains of the court lie mostly in Donegal but most of the tomb, with an ante-chamber, a full chamber entranced through a classic pair of jambstones and a completely destroyed sub-chamber are in Tyrone. Indeed, the only online mention I can find for this calls it Garvagh, and places it in that townland in Tyrone. It's mentioned in the inventory section of Tomb Travel, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency SMR number TYR 015:005.

Annadorn (Passage Grave) — Images

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Annadorn (Passage Grave) — Miscellaneous

Further to Greywether's reference above:

From Irish Passage Graves, Neolithic Tomb-Builders in Ireland and Britain 2500 B.C. by Michael Herity

Dw. 6
ANNADORN TD.
Cromlech (1835)
Sheet 30

A rectangular chamber 1.8m across covered by a capstone is all that remains of a chamber approached from the north-east by a lintelled passage, which originally stood under a round cairn 18, in diameter. It stands about 46m (150') O.D.
Dubordieu, writing in 1802, described it as 'having been discovered, nearly 30 years ago, to contain within its circumference, which is about 60 yards, and towards the bottom, a large smooth stone, of a square figure, from seven to eight feet over, and supported by several other stones above three and a half feet high, forming underneath a kind of chamber, in which were found ashes, and a number of bones to appearance human; upon the surface of this large stone, when the smaller stones which were pyramidically arranged were removed, a quantity of black ashes were found. The entrance to this chamber was towards the north, and under several flat stones regularly disposed in front of each other, and extending to the outside of the cairn; these stones were some years ago taken away for building.'

Dubordieu 1802, 270; ASNI, Down, 78; Prelim. Survey 103; Borlase, vol. I, 286; Ó Nualláin 27.

Ballynoe (Stone Circle) — Images

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Corradooey (Court Tomb) — Images

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Killadeas — Images

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Drumskinney (Stone Circle) — Images

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Usna (Wedge Tomb) — Links

Megalithic Monuments of Ireland


Page shows plan and photo of uncovered wedge tomb.

Usna (Wedge Tomb) — Images

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Cartronaglogh (Wedge Tomb) — Images

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Kilronan Mountain (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Knockranny (Court Tomb) — Images

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Bridgecartron or Derrycashel (Court Tomb) — Images

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Bridgecartron or Derrycashel (Bullaun Stone) — Images

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Glassamucky Mountain (Bullaun Stone) — Images

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