Ballyganner North : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 223 953
Longitude9° 9' 27.15" W
Latitude53° 0' 10.15" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilfenora (4.1 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th March 2003

I have wanted to get to this tomb since reading T.J. Westropp's 'Archaeology of the Burren' (see reviews), but alas ruin has come to this once fine monument since the 1920s.

However, there are still several features that make this tomb quite exceptional. Firstly it is within a cashel - one of three in the immediate vicinity - and secondly a souterain was built into the wall of the cashel from within the gallery. If you crawl beneath the west end of the collapsed roofstone you can just make out the lintel of the entrance to the souterrain.

The tomb itself is a typical 'long Burren wedge' being 4m long, 1.2m wide and 1.3m long at the west end. The rear of the tomb is just 1m tall. Unfortunately the single large roofstone has cracked and fallen into the gallery. The is no backstone, but I presume this was removed to allow access to the souterrain.

I was at first bothered by the fact that the tomb seems to be built up on top of the cashel walls but the reason for this became obvious once I reached Ballyganner South (County Clare) shortly afterwards. The tomb must have been build on top of a mound which was then incorporated into the cashel wall.

From here looking east and exactly along the line of the tomb you can clearly see Ballyganner South (County Clare) whish is built on the same axis as this tomb.

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