Knockcurraghbola Commons, Wedge Tomb, Co. Tipperary.

Location – A few kilometres East of Kilcommon in undulating countryside. It requires going through a private driveway to get to the access point, so make sure to ask permission.

OS: R952 610 (map 59)
GPS: R 95078 60954 (Accuracy – 1m)
Latitude: 52°42’0.71”N
Longitude: 8°8’15064”W

Description and History – This wedge tomb forms part of a larger group of wedge tombs known as the Kilcommon group. Today 12 wedge tombs are located within an 8km radius of Kilcommon village, there was a 13th but this is now destroyed. There could have easily been many more tombs and monuments that have no survived and of which there is no record. This would seem to imply a large, well-organised Neolithic settlement in the vicinity. The location of such a settlement can only be speculated about.

Turning to the Knockcurraghbola Commons tomb, it is damaged, but enough remains to give a good idea of what it once was like. The present remains consist of a long, narrow and partly roofed gallery closed on its SW side by a septal stone. There is outer walling on both sides. It is 7m in length overall, with the main chamber being 5.3m long and 1.2m wide at the septal stone and narrowing towards the East. Part of a portico remains, and there is slight evidence for the covering cairn.
On its own this is an impressive wedge tomb. The fact that it is part of a group that consisted of at least 13 tombs, in part of what must have been an impressive Neolithic landscape, makes it something incredibly special. I have visited this tomb a number of times, and it never fails to impress.

Difficulty – It’s not the easiest place to find, and does require asking permission, and there’s a small hillock to climb.

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The view as you come up the hill. 

The views all around are stunning.

There are interesting markings on the stones. Natural or man-made?

A section of the outer walling.

The double walling is clearly visible here. 

A millstone, probably not associated with the wedge tomb.

Tool marks on the stones.

The capstones.

Looking out from within.

The flora here is also beautiful. 

1 comment:

Denis McClean said...

I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this. Seriously! OK here goes and great pictures by the way. An artistic eye was cast and then digitally captured, but that's allowed.
This blogger has opened a crack in reality, which is the less frivolous equivalent of Alice going through the looking glass.
Ogham came after the Fir Bolg, Tuatha de Danann and the Celts. The real Irish built these burial sites all over the place but they were probably influenced by the Milesians. The old Irish are responsible for many cosmically aligned edifices but those at Bru na Boinne, long before the Egyptians started the Giza Pyramids, take the biscuit. These pictures are not of Empires lost but they are all that remains of Tir na n'Og.
The echo of the big bang can be seen and heard in the cosmic microwave background but here is silence ... well almost. Linger long enough and yoyu might hear a bodhran or a curse ...