Ballykeel Dolmen

Coordinates: 54°08′12″N 6°28′16″W / 54.136696°N 6.471204°W / 54.136696; -6.471204

Ballykeel Dolmen, June 2006

Ballykeel Dolmen is a neolithic tripod portal tomb and a State Care Historic Monument at the foot of the western flank of Slieve Gullion, above a tributary of the Forkhill river, in the Newry and Mourne District Council area, at grid ref: H9950 2132.[1]

The dolmen sits at the southern end of a large cairn, of approximately 30x10 metres, the north end of which also contains a cist. Its three metre long capstone, with a notable notch similar to that of Legananny Dolmen, had previously fallen, but was re-set during excavations in 1963.[2]

Excavations of the chamber revealed different types of pottery, including three highly decorated "Ballyalton" bowls, and the cist contained several hundred sherds of Neolithic pottery, a javelin head, and three flint flakes.[3]


  1. "Ballykeel Dolmen" (PDF). Environment and Heritage Service NI - State Care Historic Monuments. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  2. "Ballykeel Dolmen". Megalithic Ireland. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  3. "Ballykeel Dolmen". NISMR. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
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