Aghnaskeagh : Chambered Cairn

Grid RefJ 076 136
GPSJ 07556 13639 (3m)
Longitude6° 21' 25.93" W
Latitude54° 3' 38.18" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDundalk (6.9 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Aghnaskeagh - Portal Tomb
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd February 2002

When Anthony Weir told me this was an 'interesting' place and that is was 'difficult' to photgraph he really wasn't joking on either count!

Lying in the cairn there must be 6 or 7 chambers in a knot of confused stones. What must have been the two original wedge tomb chambers lie in the center surrounded by probably later kist burials.

To the 'rear' of the chambers sits a wonderful capstone like a mini toy dolmen raised up on stumpy stones. The place really has so much character that not even the dairy factory that now stands next to it can kill the ambience and power.

Along with the other nearby tomb it is surrounded by a protective dry stone wall so it should be around for many years to come.

This is a must visit site.

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Thursday, 1st January 2009

I don't know if it was the light or just that I'd been here before that made the site a bit easier for me to understand, but I felt I could see the details a lot better today.

The views here are all to the east where nearby mountains rise up and dominate the site.

I remembered that the farmer of the yard next to the site doesn't like people coming through to the monuments and came via the field above the monuments. This involved being chased at slow pace by frisky bullocks as far as an electric fence that runs across the field halfway down the hill. They're harmless, but when 20 of them thunder down the slope at your back it can be a little unnerving.

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Like this monument

Marked Sites


From Dundalk head north up the N1 towards the border. Take the first left after the island where it meets the R173 and then turn right at the next crossroads.Continue for about 600m and take the next right. There is an abandoned cottage on the left about 75m along, park here. To reach the tombs go through the rightmost gate and walk around the edge of the field to the bottom, heading towards the dairy factory. The tombs are just in front of this behind the drystone walls.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Chambered Cairns

About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

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

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

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

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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