MENLOUGH PORTAL TOMB

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The Menlough Portal Tomb is a megalithic structure that dates back to the Neolithic period, about 5,000 years ago. Portal tombs are also known as dolmens, and they consist of two or more upright stones supporting a large horizontal capstone. They were used as burial chambers for the dead, and often covered by a mound of earth or stones.

The Menlough Portal Tomb is located near the banks of Lough Corrib and the village of Menlo in Galway. It is one of several portal tombs in Galway, but it is sadly in a collapsed state. The remains consist of the two portal stones and the wall slabs of the gallery. There is no sign of a capstone, and the northern wall slab has fallen into the chamber. The tomb is also very much overgrown by vegetation, which may make it hard to find.

However, if you are interested in exploring this ancient site, you can still appreciate its historical and cultural significance. Portal tombs are among the oldest monuments in Ireland, and they reflect the beliefs and practices of the people who built them. They also show the skills and knowledge of these early engineers and architects, who were able to move and position such massive stones without modern tools or machinery.

The Menlough Portal Tomb is not only a fascinating place to visit, but also a beautiful spot to enjoy the scenery of Lough Corrib and its surroundings.

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