Relignaree, Rath and Souterrain, Glenballythomas, Co. Roscommon.

Location – From Oweynagat follow the opposite fence to where there is a break and turn right across the field there is a style into the field with this site. The souterrain is a little hard to spot but is near enough to the style.
OS: M 797 828 (map 33)
Longitude: 8° 18' 26.64" W
Latitude: 53° 47' 41.06" N
GPS: M 79745 82845 (Accuracy: 4m)
See map at the bottom of the page.

Description and History – This large rath like structure maybe part of a medieval field system but the presence of a souterrain would indicate to me that it is much older. A lot of stone was used in the construction of the banks. Later earthworks can be made out include medieval houses. It is known as the burial place of the kings. As with many of the sites here it is hard to make sense of from the ground and only from aerial shots can you really make sense of it. This is one of the finer raths in the complex. The souterrain was excavated in the 19th century and it was found to contain many animal bones. It has now partially collapsed and has filled up with earth. While walking around this site I found another area that may have been another souterrain that has now completely collapsed.

Difficulty – A bit of an uneven walk but easy enough. Watch out for cattle...they have large horns here.

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Again this monument is too big to capture in one shot.
A possible entrance.
There is a low of stone in these banks.
There is a slight mound in the centre of this rath.
The entrance to the souterrain.
It's easy to twist your ankle where the souterrain has collapsed in on itself. 
Again, Rath Cruachan is visible.

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