Matthewstown : Passage Tomb

Grid RefS 529 029
Longitude7° 13' 35.87" W
Latitude52° 10' 31.78" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTramore (4.2 Km)
OS Sheets75, 76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st March 2002

Another of the Waterford tombs that has a huge wedge shaped passage and chamber that are almost one.

Three roof stones remain on the passage and chamber which is formed by 10 orthostats, which are very low. The kerb stones only remain on the west end at the rear of the passage. The passge and chamber are around 6m in length when taken as a whole and the chamber is about 2m wide.

The whole site looks like a prehistoric skeleton lying on the end of a small promontory where it was deposited perhaps by the retreating ice sheets.

Despite being incomplete it is a wonderous tomb and well worth a visit.

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Saturday, 5th August 2006

After showing my wife Harristown (County Waterford) I wanted to come back here and show her another one of Waterford's undifferentiated passage tombs. Lacking its kerb , but having all its roofstones, this tomb is an ideal site to see after visiting Harristown (County Waterford), which only has two roofstones in place, but has a very good kerb.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

Like this monument

Marked Sites


From Tramore take the R682 north. At the third crossroads turn left continue for nearly 3km until you come to a tarmac track on the left. Opposite is one of Waterfords little dolmen signs. Head up this track until you come to a weighbridge. The tomb is behind this.

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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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