Corracloona Court Tomb
|Corracloona Court Tomb|
|Native name |
Irish: Tuama Cúirte Currach Chluana
|Prince Connell's Grave|
County Leitrim, Republic of Ireland
|Elevation||112 m (367 ft)|
|Height||1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)|
|Built||c. 2000–1500 BC|
|Official name: Corracloona Court Tomb|
Location of Corracloona Court Tomb in Ireland
Corracloona Court Tomb was built c. 2000–1500 BC, in the early Bronze Age.
It is locally known as Prince Connell's Grave (Irish: Feart Chonaill Flaith). There are several nobles of this name in Irish legend; the most likely candidate is Conall Gulban, 5th-century founder of the Cenél Conaill. However, another legend places Conall Gulban's grave at the dolmen at Fenagh. In any case, both Corracloona and Fenagh monuments are thousands of years older than Conall Gulban.
Prince Connell's Grave is usually described as a court tomb (court cairn), although some see it as a dolmen (portal tomb) or Wedge-shaped gallery grave (wedge tomb). It has a small forecourt (1.5 m wide) and only one burial chamber (2 × 3.5 m), with a large slab separating the two. This slab has a large hole in the bottom, called a "kennel-hole"; this is similar to some tombs in southern France, and may have been used to add additional burials, speak to the dead or leave offerings. However, the hole could be an accidental break.
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