Haroldstown Dolmen

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Name Haroldstown Dolmen County Carlow Nearest Town Tullow Access Road R727 About Haroldstown Dolmen is a portal tomb in County Carlow.

This huge dolmen is on the road from Tullow after Hacketstown near the shores of Lough Dere about 7 kilometres from Tullow.

Two large over-lapping capstones, a 3.7 m and the other 2.8 m long, were supported from 10metres which are partially fallen.

The picturesque form still makes him one of the most popular motifs in Ireland.

Due to their extraordinary size, it is believed that they served as family dwelling or a shelter to protect women and children during attacks.

Even still in the 19th century, there is evidence that families sheltered there during the Famine Years.

The chamber, 13 feet long and nearly 9 feet wide at one point, is more spacious than most portal-tombs and comprises about ten upright stones.

There are two capstones, the larger of which measures some 12 feet in length.

Between the portals in a tall door-stone to close the tomb entrances.

Presumably the opening in the side of the monument is the result of one or more stones having been removed by the human tenants to gain access to the inside.

It was, however, the interior to some extent modified.

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