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Ballybriest (now in An Creagán)

Wedge Tomb

<b>Ballybriest (now in An Creagán)</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
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Latitude:54° 44' 22.33" N
Longitude:   6° 48' 51.62" W

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Anthony Weir, in his Early Ireland: A Field Guide, published in 1980, mentions that this is across the road from the court tomb. He must have seen it in its original environment back then. It's now in An Creagán Visitors Centre in Tyrone, about 12 kilometres to the south-west.

Behind the centre is a small duck pond and a kids' playground. To the right of the pond a set of steps rises on the right and brings you on a number of looped walks through the bogland. To the left of the steps, almost tucked into the bank, is the reconstructed tomb.

An extensive excavation was undertaken before dismantling the tomb and if you compare it to the old photograph (link below) you can see that they remained faithful to the original. It's actually a quite impressive little monument, with all its sidestones, a backstone and two roofstones, with a ruined antechamber, but is, I would imagine, now used as a climbing frame for the energetic sprogs that populate the locale.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
22nd April 2022ce


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For a photograph of the tomb in its original environment, click this:
There is an extensive excavation report here too.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st April 2022ce
Edited 21st April 2022ce