MONUMENT OF THE MONTH

MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
       OF IRELAND.COM
CO-ORDINATES
51 30' 21.148"N...9 21' 25.923"W
                                                            DIRECTIONS
From  Skibbereen take the R595 south towards Baltimore. After about 9 km, there is a turn on your right.
Take this and head towards a bridge. On the bridge look left (south) and you will see the tomb on the left
of the two small islands. Wellington boots are strongly advised as the mud can get very sticky.
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FROM THE LANDOWNERS,IF REQUIRED.DO NOT LITTER OR DISTURB
THE MONUMENTS.           
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DECEMBER 2010
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RINGAROGY ISLAND PASSAGE TOMB COUNTY CORK
( THE LAG )
This passage tomb lies on the east side of Ringarogy Island, on a small rocky outcrop in the estuary of the   
Illen River which is locally known as 'The Lag'. Most of the island and nearly all of the tomb is inundated at
high tide. The tomb is covered in sea-weed and only the tops of two orthostats are visible above the high-water
mark. The remains of the tomb consist of a gallery 3m in length and 1m in width and it is  aligned ENE-WSW.
The gallery is formed by three side-stones to the north and three to the south. The gallery opens to the east
where a transversely set, jamb like stone 1.1m in height,is standing at the east end of the north side with a
further smaller orthostat 0.5m in height,to the east indicates some form of facade at the entrance area.
The west end of the gallery is closed by a substantial back-stone 1.15m in height. Four prostrate slabs to the east
of the entrance area and two others to the south probably represent displaced roofing stones. The mound has
been removed by tidal action and there are three kerb-stones in situ 2m north of the gallery and three more to
the NW. The tomb was excavated extensively by Elizabeth Shee Twohig.
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
AUG 2010