Cloghroe Portal Tomb

The Cloghroe portal tomb is located near a road southwest of Drumkeen, north of Ballybofey in County Donegal, Ireland.

Cloghroe Portal Tomb

The Portal Tomb of Cloghroe (also known as An Cloch Rua in Irish, meaning “the red stone,” and sometimes referred to as the Portal Tomb of Magheravail after the townland) is located near a road southwest of Drumkeen, north of Ballybofey in County Donegal, Ireland. Portal tombs are megalithic structures found on the British Isles, characterized by two equally tall, upright stones with a door stone in between, forming the front of a chamber covered by a partially massive capstone.

The remains of the Portal Tomb consist of two portal stones, each approximately 2.0 meters tall, and three orthostats of the chamber. The capstone is missing, and the entrance is on the western side. The northern portal stone has an interesting feature – its back edge has been shaped vertically, and it has shifted, leaning against the southern stone.

The remaining orthostats of the gallery include the end stone and two stones of the north wall. As there is a gap between the wall stones and the portal stone, there were likely three stones in each side wall originally. The end stone is pointed, a common feature often found at the ends of galleries in court tombs. If any monument demonstrates the connection between portal tombs and court tombs, it is this one.

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