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Court Tomb

<b>Teergonean</b>Posted by bogmanImage © Charles Coughlan
Nearest Town:Lisdoonvarna (7km E)
OS Ref (IE):   R0684498467 / Sheet: 51
Latitude:53° 1' 43.74" N
Longitude:   9° 23' 19.12" W

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Visited Monday 21/5/18: A perfect antidote to the Cliffs of Moher - not that they are anything but breathtaking and spectacular. Dispiriting in the same way visiting Stonehenge is - pay at the carpark for the 'Cliffs of Moher Experience', Visitor's Centre and shops built into the hillside, limestone paved walkways ... and hundreds of people.

To find Teergonean Court Tomb we headed to the seaside village of Doolin and eventually found the right road out towards the sea (road signposted to Roadford House restaurant). Drove along this narrow road until it stopped and then climbed over a small stone stile. In front of us lay limestone slabs, lots of gorse and to our delight quite a few bloody crane'sbill (a lovely deep pink flower, common throughout the Burren but not commonly found elsewhere). We spotted a small group of people by the court tomb and headed towards them. They turned out to be a friendly, knowledgeable archaeologist and three American's doing a course in archaeology. The archaeologist was explaining to them the court tomb was probably of great significance because it was at a crossing point to the Aran Islands. He seemed happy for us to join in and ask questions and went on to tell us about the wedge tombs at Parknabinnia near Kilnaboy.
This encounter made cheered me up no end as felt the Burren was now starting to give up its secrets. Tomorrow Parknabinnia.
tjj Posted by tjj
21st May 2018ce
Edited 22nd May 2018ce

I recently purchased "The Burren and the Aran Islands" by Carleton Jones and had been meaning to have a look at some of the sites around Doolin in West Clare.

Im not that familiar with court tombs but this one looks to be fairly ruined with only half of one of the kerbs of the court remaining. It is interesting though in that as Carleton Jones states in his books on court tombs that they seem to be monuments that are hidden away in the landscape. This court tomb follows this pattern and is reasonably difficult to pick out and doesnt seem to take in any obvious views.
To find it take a cul-de-sac down towards a camp site and stop at the sign for "Beware of Bull".
There seems to be a good few beefy looking bullocks around so I would be careful what field you stubble into here.
I have give 10 digit GPS ref because it is difficult enough to spot with all the rock here and the bushes.
There seems to be a few large boulders strewn around it and you would wonder whether they had any bearing on its location?
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
26th May 2009ce