Ballyganner South : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 227 953
Longitude9° 9' 5.7" W
Latitude53° 0' 10.36" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilfenora (4.5 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th March 2003

What a completely and utterly beautiful tomb this is! I do not care what anyone else says this has to be the jewel of the Burren. It's a real shame that it is almost impossible to get to - perhaps that has helped to keep it like this.

Set into the top of a 1.6m high mound this tomb is almost complete. Only half of the backstone is missing. Each wall (3.5m long) are formed by a single slab, although the north side has now cracked along a line of weakness which included a hole. This hols is mirrored in the south wall. The front (west) rises to a height of 1.3m above the level of the mound, but the chamber is sunk down a further 1m below this level inside. The front is similar to Moneydig (County Derry) comprising of a single slab that nearly blocks off the front, but leaving a doorway into the gallery. The difference being that the door is at the south end of the face here. The top north corner of this stone is chipped away.

There is a single massive roofslab which again like the other Ballyganner South tomb overlaps the side walls considerably.

At some time recently something has been living inside this tomb. Within the gallery was some seemingly fresh grass forming a little bed and some bones scattered around the floor.

Set into the mound just in front of the entrance is a very odd stone with no apparent purpose at all.

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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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