Marblehill (Knockdrumore)
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County Galway
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OS Coordinate M 688 039
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Marblehill, (Knockdrumore) Co.

Location: From Loughrea, take R 351 southeast approximately 15 kilometers. Turn right (west) onto to R 353. Within about 2.5 kilometers (past the castle ruin and church) look for the signpost and turn left onto the narrow road. The tomb is signposted (though the sign at the farmer's track was beginning to fall down). Park at the top of the farm track (just off the road) and walk down to the tomb. It is located adjacent to this track on the left.

Dimensions: It was pouring rain and I left my tape measure in the car. Having slogged through several ankle-deep puddles of water, I did not want to return for it, and the stinging nettles around a majority of the access points would have deterred me from doing much measuring anyway. A guesstimate based on pacing, etc. would be that this tomb is about 6.5 to 7.5 meters long overall. Side stones range from about .8 m to 1.2 m along the western side; 1 meter to 1.8 meters on the eastern edge of the tomb. The massive capstones appear to be approximately 3 meters (west) and 2.5 meters (east) and have slipped inward from most of the supporting side stones. The central roofstone has collapsed into the tomb. This gives the appearance of a double tomb, or a swayback horse. There is evidence of some double walling on both sides and the western end of the tomb extends farther out than the capstone would have extended. The gallery appears to be (internally) about 1.5 meters wide. Based on the side and end stones, the height would have declined from 1.8 meters on the east to about 1.3 meters to the west. This is merely an estimate and I would love to find more definitive measurements and information about this interesting tomb. Please contact us at:

Features: Easily identified by its swayback appearance and it's semi-obscured siting.

Comments: The tomb isn't far down the track but if it has been wet at all, low points on this track will pool and or develop oozing mud. Good waterproof boots are essential. Livestock is usually grazing in the fields here, but the tomb seems to be passively used as a field boundary with trees and bushes and other vegetation allowed to grow all around it. This makes it difficult to view properly and roots may eventually damage it further, but it also keeps the cows from using it as a scratching post - which has seriously damaged other monuments.


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