Boyle’s Drumanone Dolmen

P0008154Our oldest man-made structure – almost hidden, not signposted!

Location: From Boyle take the R294 (Tubbercurry Road) west for almost three kilometres after crossing under the railway bridge you will see a cottage on your right with a narrow lane running North, park here and walk to the top of the lane, there is a gate with a warning sign as you are about to cross the railway line, the tomb is in a field immediately to your left. Please be careful
• This astonishing portal dolmen, one of the largest in Ireland, measures 4.5m by 3.3m and was constructed before 2000 BC.
• Because of the distortion caused by the slipped capstone the chamber dimensions are difficult to judge, but the original space was probably polygonal and about 2m in diameter. Excavated in 1954, the chamber contained considerable amounts of cremated bone, and a small porcellanite axe, or adze, from the Thievebulliagh axe factory in County Antrim. Other finds outside the chamber included a flint flake and a carinated chert core-scraper.