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The Burren: Parknabinnia Gallery Graves

These curious remains, lying on the very border of Carran, have not hitherto been described, and are not marked on the maps of 1839. The four northern cromlechs lie in a field sloping northward. A long and very narrow old bohereen leads from the direction of Roughan fort through Caherfadda, while a huge boulder, some 16 feet high, marks their position from a distance. The NE Cromlech must have been a very fine example. The south side is 5 ft. 9 in. (at the west) to 2 ft. 3 in. high, 15 ft. 10 in. long, and 9 in. thick; a long 'plank' of the top slab leans against it, and the fallen north side has strangely regular natural channels across it. West from it is a small wrecked cist 6 ft. square; due south from it is a fine cromlech 17 ft. 10 in. long, tapering eastward from 6 ft. 4 in. to 5 ft. 6 in., with a curious angular gap in the west slab, as at Tobergrania, near Feakle. Here for many nights sheltered a well-known escaped prisoner, whose subsequent surrender occasioned no little interest at a recent assize. South-west from it is a small cist 12 ft. by 8 ft. nearly embedded in a mound, and surrounded by seven slabs 3 ft. high. Its west block has another example of a straight natural fluting set on end. Lastly on the summit of Roughan Hill, the older Reabacain, still in Parknabinnia, near a large low cairn, is a fine cist 13 by 7 ft., with parallel annexes to the sides and end embedded in a mound. The sixth 'labba,' [has been] recently disentombed from a cairn. 'Parknabinnia' is said to have been the 'cattle park' of Lemeneagh, as its neighbouring townland was the 'Deer park.'

Thomas Johnson Westropp, 1898.

Extract taken from Thomas J. Westropp, 'Archaeology of the Burren: prehistoric forts and dolmens in north Clare'. Ennis, Clasp Press, 1999.

Plan of Parknabinnia Graves,  T.J. Westropp, 1898
Plan of Parknabinnia Graves, T.J. Westropp, 1898


Parknabinnia Grave
Parknabinnia Grave

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