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Portal Tomb

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Nearest Town:Tramore (7km E)
OS Ref (IE):   S495031 / Sheets: 75, 82
Latitude:52° 10' 39.48" N
Longitude:   7° 16' 34.69" W

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Visited 18.5.11
Stop number 5 on the Tramore 'Dolmen Drive'.
This tomb took a bit of finding but we got there in the end. Situated in the middle of a field to the right of a minor road to the north of Ballynageeragh village (which has the dolman painted on its pub sign!)
Although the tomb has been 'restored' with concrete around the base of the uprights and a wall built at one end, don't be put off as this is a nice place to visit. The wall states that the tomb was restored by P Murray and Sons 1940)
There is a small info board.
Posted by CARL
1st June 2011ce


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Description: Situated in pasture on a broad plateau with a slight E-facing slope. An oval roofstone (dims. 4m x 2.65m; T 0.7m) is resting on the septal-slab and the backstone with a cushion-stone between the roofstone and the backstone. The tomb, which faces SW, lacks portal-stones but the sidestones are present. It was investigated and conserved in 1939-40 when cremated bone, flint and charcoal were found in the chamber (Herity 1964). (Du Noyer 1864-6, 480; Atkins 1896, 68-9; Ó Nualláin 1983, 103; Harbison 1992, 325)

The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Waterford' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1999). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.

Compiled by: Michael Moore.

Date of upload/revision: 13th May 2011.

This monument is subject to a preservation order made under the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014 (PO no. 63/1938).


1. Atkins, R. 1896 The rude stone monuments of our own and other lands. Waterford and South East of Ireland Archaeological Journal 2, 60-80, 131-61.
2. Du Noyer, G.V. 1864-6 On cromleacs near Tramore in the County of Waterford; with remarks on the classification of ancient Irish earthen and megalithic structures. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 8, 474-82.
3. Harbison, P. 1992 Guide to the national and historic monuments of Ireland. Gill and Macmillan Ltd., Dublin.
4. Herity, M. 1964 The finds from the Irish portal dolmens. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 94, pt. 2, 123-44.
5. Ó Nualláin, S. 1983 Irish portal tombs, topography, siting and distribution. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 113, 75-105.
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16th August 2018ce