Cohaw Grave

Cohaw Tomb Graves

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Name Cohaw Tomb Graves County Cavan Nearest Town Cootehill Access Road R192 About

Cohaw Tomb Graves are generally acknowledged as being the best example in Ireland of such tombs and it dates back to 4,000 B.C. The tombs were constructed by neolithic people who came to Drumgoon up the rivers Erne and Annalee.

From about 3,000 B.C., further groups of Stone Age people arrived in Ireland bringing with them knowledge of primitive farming both tillage and pasture.

The habitation sites of these Neolithic (New Stone Age) people are difficult to locate but their burial places, called court tombs and portal tombs can be seen in the northern counties of the Midland region.

The court tombs were communal burial places and there is a particularly fine example at Cohaw, just outside the town of Cootehill in County Cavan, which, on excavation, yielded the bones of three individuals and portion of a pottery vessel. The tomb is a double court tomb which is very impressive and has been renovated quite tastefully.

Where stones are missing very small stones have been set in concrete to mark their locations.

You approach via the south court which is lacking an east side and curiously has a large boulder in the middle.

From the small stones marking positions it appears that the court had a flat front made of stones or wooden poles.

The south chamber is split into two equal parts each about 2m in length.

Walking up towards the north court you pass firstly a small area that may have been a chamber in between the two main galleries.

The stones making up the chambers are almost back to back.

The north court is much more complete that the south and the chambers are of a similar size and layout.