Srahwee Wedge Tomb

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Louisburgh. Co. Mayo
https://irishmegaliths.org.uk/mayo.htm

Wedge Tombs in Ireland are dated from the late Neolithic to the Bronze Age (2000BC – 1800BC). They consist of one burial chamber, often with small porticos plus an anti-chamber.  The front faces westwards.  There is a decrease in width and height from back to front.  The 4.2 metres long gallery is closed by a single back stone.  The main chamber is divided by a gap of 1. 4 metres in length with a 1 metre stone in height, there is a gap of 0.3 metres between the stones.[i]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb known locally as The Altoir Wedge Tomb is located at Srahwee in Louisburgh Co. Mayo.  It is regarded as one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland.  It is dated from the late Neolithic to the BronzeAge (2000BC – 1800BC).  A large flat stone covers the chamber.  It has double walling of a superb construction.  The coordinates are Longitude 9 49 30 W, Latitude 53 42 22 N.  This Wedge Tomb is also an honoury Holy Well.  Images by Jim Dempsey are included on page plus a link to Anthony Weirs site.  Traces of a Cairn may be seen around the megalithic monument. [ii]

9.6 km from Louisburgh in Co. Mayo plus North East of a by – road km near Lough Nahaltora this well-known preserved sepulchre may be assessed.  A single large roof covers most of the main chamber which is 4.2 metres in length.  There is double walling on the first large septal slab plus traces of a Cairn nearby.  It was formally venerated as a Holy Well called Tobernahaltora.  It forms part of the Clew Bay Heritage Trail. (Sheet 37) [iii]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located 10 km from Louisburgh in Co. Mayo.  It was built during the Bronze Age.  The Tomb has double walls.  It is covered by a large flat stone 2.4 metres by 2.15 metres.  This monument is part of the Clew Bay Archaeological Trail (sign posed as Site 13.)  [iv]

Located in the Village of Cregganbawn in Louisburgh Co. Mayo is the Srahwee Wedge Tomb.  It is dated to 2000 BC.  It is regarded as one of the finest wedge tombs in Ireland due to its shape, plus it is wider & higher at the entrance the gradually tapers towards the rear.  It consists of a single chamber topped by a large slab that is 2 metres square.  This tomb ‘Altoir’ is 5 metres in length by 2 metres in width.  The flat roof stone was used as an Altar during the Penal times.  A small primitive cross was etched onto the roof stone at the south – eastern end.  In past times it was revered by local people as a Holy Well. [v]

Formerly the Wedge Tomb at Srahwee was called Tobernahaltora due to its veneration in the past as a Holy Well.  It 5 metres in length plus 2 metres in width.  It consists of a single chamber topped by a huge slab approximately 2 metres square.  The entrance is to the West with traces of double walls on both sides.  The uprights are approximately 1 metre in height while the small ante – chamber occupies roughly one third of the Tombs size.  There are several excellent images by Brian Mc Ellheron on this site. [vi]

The Altoir Wedge Tomb is located at Srahwee in Louisburgh Co. Mayo.  It is regarded as one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland.  It is dated from the late Neolithic to the Bronze Age.  The flat roof of this monument was used as an altar where mass was celebrated during the penal times.  Locals called the site The Holy Well. [vii]

The Wedge Tomb at Srahwee lies on the west side of Doo Lough.  It has been dated to 2000 BC.  It is known locally as ‘Altoir.’  The flat capstone served as an Altar during the Penal times.  The Tomb was incised by a primitive cross on the upper surface at the south – eastern end.  It has a distinct Tapered structure with double walling of the segmented gallery that is partially covered by a large flat slab.  (Article by Breege Woodward.  Images by Ann Cullen)

This Wedge Tomb of 2000 BC – 1800 BC was used as an Altar where Mass was celebrated during the Penal times in Ireland.  [viii]

According to this site there are over seven hundred monuments in the area that include the Wedge Tomb of Srahwee. [ix]

Bibliography

[i] Clew Bay Archaeological Trail (https://www.mayo-ireland.ie/) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[ii] Srahwee Wedge Tomb (http://www.megalithicireland.com/Srahwee.htm) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[iii] County Mayo (http://irishmegaliths.org.uk/mayo.htm ) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[iv] Srahwee Wedge Tomb (http://directionireland.com/)  [assessed 13th August 2020]

[v] Srahwee Wedge Tomb (https://curiousireland.ie/) [assessed 13th August 2020

[vi] Srahwee Wedge Tomb (http://irishantiquities.bravehost.com/) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[vii] Clew Bay Archaeological Trail (https://www.mayo-ireland.ie/) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[viii] Louisburgh / Killeen Heritage (http://www.louisburgh-killeenheritage.org/) [assessed 13th August 2020]

[ix] Louisburgh (https://www.destinationwestport.com/) [assessed 13th August 2020]

 

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