Moyree Commons : Portal Tomb

Grid RefR 363 891
GPSR 36264 89107 (7m)
Longitude8° 56' 53.98" W
Latitude52° 56' 56.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (7.8 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th October 2005

This is Clare's other protal tomb (next to Poulnabrone natch). Its fairly poor state and out-of-the-wayness means it doesn't really get visited.

It is actually more accessible than its more famous sibling, being just 20m from the road across grass rather than limestone ankle-breaking madness.

One portal stone still stands fully 3m+ tall. The other has broken at around 2m with the upper part leaning inwards against the taller one. The chamber is fairly trashed and opened up. To the front of the broken portal stone there is a very low flag, which seems to have been from a small court in front of the entrance, which has no doorstone.

One very unusual feature of this monument is the pile of cairn material on the north side of the structure. This would appear to be the original cairn, but there's an odd feature in it: about 1m from the walls of the tomb there is a substantial drystone wall built to a heigt of 2m within the cairn deposit. The entrance faces northeast rather than the usual east.

Don't worry about seeing some good Burrenesque landscape if you come here though, because just over the road there is a massive area of limestone clint and gryke pavement to stumble around on.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

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UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

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