Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb

Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb by Jim Dempsey
https://gofree.indigo.ie/~jdem/Rathfranpark%20Wedge%20Tomb.htm

This large, destroyed Wedge Tomb is marked as a ‘Cromlech’ on both the Ordnance Survey & Historic Maps.  Rathfranpark Tomb is located on a level platform South East of Cearthru Mhor that overlooks Rathfran Bay to the East & North town of Cill Ala.  The Tomb is orientated North East South West.  The entire structure is sited in a shallow depression.  It consisted of two rows of boulders – like stones that were ten metres in length plus had a height of 1.7 metres.  Inside those rows were smaller orthostates that formed a double walling.  The interior of the gallery was filled with Cairn material.  There is no sign of roof – stones.  On this page is a photo of the Wedge Tomb by Pip Powell dated 2009. [i]

This Tomb with remains of a gallery is aligned East – West with outer walling on North & South sides.  It was erected with large stones that were set about one metre from the sides of the gallery.  The monument was about 3.5 metres in width at the West end also 4 metres in length.  It was slightly narrower at East end.  The burial gallery now has been hidden by rubble, but it had been at least three metres in length plus two metres in width.  The entrance at the West end has two low jamb – like stones.  Two stones of the North side of gallery remain, one of which is a split boulder with its flat face turned inwards.  The South side of the Gallery has three stones that are less than one metres in height.  The North outer wall has four stones set close together, they range from 1.3 metres to 1.6 metres in height.  The four stones at the South outer wall range from 1.65 metres to two metres in eight.  Map reference is G 184333 (1184, 3333.)  Several excellent photos may be viewed on this site by Brian T. Mc Elherron. [ii]

This Wedge Tomb is located on a minor road off the R314 North of Killala in North Mayo.  On the Ordnance Survey Map, it is marked as G184333.  The gallery is ten feet in length with side walls of boulders that are between four & a half feet to six & a half feet in height.  On this site is a comment from a horrified visitor who discovered that the debris on the east side of the Tomb were dumped from a destroyed Stone Circle after 1951.  This site has an image of the Wedge Tomb. [iii]

North of Killala in Co Mayo are the remains of a Neolithic or Bronze Age Monument.  Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb had a gallery over ten feet in length.  Its walls were composed from large boulders that were believed to have been four & a half to six & a half feet in height.  Several stones from a nearby destroyed Stone Circle were deposited at the east side of the Monument.  Images plus a Map of area are featured on this site. (Jeffrep 9th August 2009) [iv]

This Megalithic Wedge Tomb at Killala in Co. Mayo has a gallery three metres in length.  The side – walls are two metres apart.  The Tomb was erected with huge boulders, some to a height of 1.8 metres.  The entrance stone is set inside the gallery.  Discovery May 24: 18343330.  Longitude is 9 15 9 W, Latitude 54 14 31 N.  Images on page by Jim Dempsey April 2014. [v]

On this site is a photo of Anthony Weir beside the Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb during 1979.  This Tomb is marked as G 183332 sheet 23, its nearest village is Killala in Co. Mayo. [vi]

Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb or its Irish name Tuama Dinge Pháirc Ráth Bhrannaibh had a gallery three metres in length plus two metres in width.  The monument was erected during the Copper or Bronze Age circa 2500 BC – 2000 BC.  Large Boulders were used in its construction that were up to 1.8 metres in height.  The Axis was East North East – West South West with the former aligned to the rising sun at the summer solstice.  It had an elevation of twenty – six metres.  The coordinates are 54. 24 008 N, 9. 25 25 68 W. [vii]

This Tomb is a wedge – shaped gallery grave located 4 km Northwest of Killala Village in Co. Mayo.  It overlooks the Palmerstown River also Killala Bay. [viii]

Footnotes

Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb is mentioned in this publication ‘The Dolmans of Ireland’ Vol 1 Borllase William Copland Chapter; It may be vied on this link: https://archive.org/details/dolmensofireland01borl/page/114/mode/2up?view=the & Hall London, pages 114 / 115.ater

Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb is mentioned on these links: https://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/2546/rathfran_wedge_tomb.html

https://www.mayo-ireland.ie/en/towns-villages/lacken/lacken.html

Bibliography

[i] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (http://www.megalithicmonumentsofireland.com/COUNTIES/MAYO/Rathfranpark_WedgeTomb.html) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[ii] Rathfran Park Wedge Tomb (http://irishantiquities.bravehost.com/mayo/rathfran/rathfranparkWG.html) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[iii] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (http://www.saintsandstones.net/stones-rathfranpark-journey.htm) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[iv] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (https://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=23555) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[v] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (http://www.megalithicireland.com/Rathfranpark%20Wedge%20Tomb.htm) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[vi] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (http://www.irishmegaliths.org.uk/zRathfranpark.htm) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[vii] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathfranpark_Wedge_Tomb) [assessed 27th March 2021]

[viii] Rathfranpark Wedge Tomb (https://www.routeyou.com/en-ie/location/view/49410139/rathfranpark-wedge-tomb) [assessed 27th March 2021]

 

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