Name: Loughconway Wedge Tomb.
Location: Loughconway Townland, Kilclare,
Leitrim, Co. Leitrim.
Access: There is a lane that runs to a private
house that is close to the site and they will usually give permission to visit the
site if asked, the site is on private land. From Carrick-on-Shannon take the road to
Ballinamore. Follow the road to the village of Kilclare and take the turning just before
the village on the Left side. Take the road running North until you come to a crossroads
then turn right and take the road to the East for about 1 km the private lane is the
turning to the right at the top of a rise. Follow the lane to its end. Lough Conway is
south and the site to just west across 2 fields. Boots required.
Description: This site is a Wedge Tomb set into a
Horseshoe shaped Mound. The 'Tomb' sits at the back of the hollow created by the two arms
of the Horseshoe. You would have to have walked between the two arms of the mound to the
entrance of the tomb. The stones themself are just the door into the tomb with the mound
being the tomb itself. The mound is now covered with some very old Hawthorne tree. There
are at least 27 of them on the mound. These trees were very important to the fairy folk.
Measurements: This site consists of a Horseshoe
shaped mound with a 3 stone entrance. 2 support stones , 1 cap stone.
Mound Measurements: Length - 21.35m , Width Of Arms - 6.1m ,
Inside Width - 5.49m , Inside Length - 15.25m , Doorway to back of mound - 6.1m , Height
of mound -0.6m
Doorway Stones: East Stone - H-70cm , L-150cm ,
W-26cm ; West Stone - H-60cm , L-180cm , W- 23cm ; Cap Stone - L-175cm , B-110cm , W-30cm.
Lat. -: 54° 01.1' N ;
-: 07° 59.9' W
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