Tirnony Dolmen

One mile north of Maghera stands a prehistoric tomb at least 4,000 - 6,000 years old. Dolmens are tomb structures with standing stones and a horizontal capstone, found in a number of places in Ireland. In it our ancestors would have placed the cremated remains of their dead.

In earlier times a cairn of small stones would have covered it, at least partially. Dolmen means "stone table". These are known as portal tombs because of the two large uprights upon which the capstone rests at its highest end which forms the entrance to the tomb.

In the field to the south there is rumoured to be a souterrain or artificial cave. Normally associated with ringforts, these caves were constructed as a refuge in times of danger sometime between the 5th and 12th Centuries.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Free access.

Prices:

Admission is free.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre

Location / Directions

One mile north of Maghera.
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Contact Details

The Bridewell
6 Church Street
Magherafelt
County Londonderry
BT45 6AN

Website:
www.magherafelt.gov.uk
Email:
charmain@magherafelt.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 7963 1510
Alt: (028) 7930 1459
Fax: (028) 7939 5112