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Barrows and Mounds

Megalithic Tombs

Barrows and Wedge Tombs

Barrows are earthen monuments, thought to date from about the Iron Age, constructed for burial purposes. From excavations of a small number of barrows it is believed that the body or bodies were cremated on site and once completed, the earthen barrow was built directly on top of the cremation site over the remains.

As marked on the Ordnance Survey map there is a small circular earthen bank, possibly the remains of a ring barrow located in the centre of Enniscrone by the parking area behind the hardware store.

On the outskirts of the village, just over the Bellawaddy river, behind the houses before the old garage premises, there is a sizeable mound barrow situated amid a low marshy area.

There is another type of mound barrow just outside Enniscrone to the right on the road to Ballina. It is a small squarish mound with a flat top sitting on top of a little hill in a field overlooking the sand dunes and the Moy estuary..

Slightly further out, as one reaches the brow oh the hill on the Quay road to Ballina, there is a more impressive bowl barrow, somewhat hidden amongst a copse of bushes. This bowl barrow (shaped as an upturned bowl) is a steep sided circular mound with a rounded top and is surrounded by a fosse and an outer ring bank.

Wedge tombs are significantly older, possibly dating from about 2500 BC. There are the remains of a megalithic tomb of this type, situated right next to the shore in Carranduff, a townland near to Enniscrone, off the road to Easkey. Given its shoreline location it is appropriate that its outline resembles that of a boat!


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