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Clooneen (Wedge Tomb)

This tomb is a little tricky to locate, and even when you enter the field in which it is situated, it is not immediately evident as it is completely overgrown with trees and shrubs. At first glance there appears to be little of the tomb remaining but as you scramble through the undergrowth and have a look around, it is quite surprisingly well preserved. I would love to see this tomb cleared of vegetation to get a good look, as it is quite large and this type of tomb is very rare in this part of the country.

Glenmore (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This is a short, smooth pillar stone, just over a metre high. It is unrecorded on the O.S. map.

Lislea (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This is quite a large stone, over 7ft tall. It is situated in a field behind Lislea House.

Shanballynakill (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This fine Menhir has sadly fallen over. It would have stood over 3m when erect. Looks like it toppled only in recent years. It's shameful to see our national monuments suffering such neglect...

Greenville or Garryduff (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This stone is obviously leaning heavily towards the east. Looks like someone has placed packing stones around the base to help prevent it from toppling over. Hope their efforts were not in vain as this is a huge stone over 4m high. I fear that it's sheer weight and gravity may cause it to topple like it's neighbouring stone in Shanballynakill. Hope I'm wrong!

Ballycloghduff (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This is a craggy old rock, very eroded with loose pieces crumbling away, but still quite stable - didn't want to poke at it too much though. It's pretty large; well over 3m tall. There is another fallen rock beside it, can only assume that it was another standing stone.

Cartronbrack (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Coming across this stone was a very pleasant surprise particularly for it's size, it's huge, around 8 feet tall and 5 feet at it's widest. The packing stones can be seen, with one boulder and several smaller stones visible. It's also easy to get to, just park alongside the gate to the field and it's right there in front of you.
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