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Aughnacliffe is a little village in North County Longford - midway between Cavan Town (16 miles north to N3) and Longford Town (16 miles south to N4). North county Longford can be described as a fisherman's paradise. The lakes of the Upper Erne system and Gowna are only a few minutes drive away, while in the other direction are the many lakes, which straddle the Longford Leitrim border. Even if the fishing does not interest you, there is the beautiful scenery for relaxing walks, cycling trips, horseriding. Or maybe you just want to visit the many old graveyards, churches, ruins and other historical places, such as the ancient 'dolmens'. It is all available from your holidaycentre of Aughnacliffe in North county Longford.


Historical Sites. Scenic and Interesting Places.
  1. Megalithic Tombs,
  2. Dolmen,
  3. Black Pig's Dyke,
  4. Inch Island,
  5. Dunbeggan - The Deserted Village,
  6. Norman Fort (one of two in Ireland).
  1. Molly Hill (malai),
  2. The Lady's Road,
  3. Poll Aneas (waterfall),
  4. Erne Head Oakwood
  5. Lakes,
  6. Valleys,
  7. Derrycasson Wood, walking trail,

Fishing, Lakes and Accommodation.

Freshwater coarse fishing is available all year round.
All sorts of fish can be caught in the lakes.

  • Pike
  • Tench
  • Bream
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • trout

Lough Gowna and Leebeen Lough both have Wheelchair Access. There are many other lakes within a very short distance of Aughnacliffe.

Accommodation available in the locality includes: Bed and Breakfast,Self Catering,Full BoardFarmhouse accomodation.

Gowna village is only a short distance from Aughnacliife and has hotel accommodation and restaurants.




This monument is localy called "Dermot and Grania's Bed". It is situated on the side of a low rocky ridge about 200 yards north of Leebean Lough and about .5 mile west of Lough Gowna. The ridge stands in an area of gently rolling country devoted largely to pasture, though some tillage is under taken.

The tomb, which is well preserved, consists of a small chamber orientated W-E. at the west are two portal stones and set outside these , and leaning very heavily inwards, are two large stones forming the sides of the chamber. At the east is a backstone which does not quite close the end of the chamber. The gap here at the north is filled by a stone.55m thick and .40m high. Above this are several small flat stones which may be an original blocking. The chamber is covered by a large roofstone. The ground around the tomb is rough and uneven and no tres of a mound can be distinguished. A fence running into the tomb at the south-east may include some cairn material, but this is uncertain.

the entrance between the portals is.50m wide. the northern portal is1.10m long,.65m thick and 1.70m high. the opposite portal is .95 long, .70m thick and 1.35m high. the massive sidestones are pitched inwards against the portalsand do not appear to be deeply set into the ground. That at the north is 2.15m long,.75m thick and its sloping height is1.90m. The opposite sidestone is 2.20m long and reaches to the same height as the adjoining portal stone.Above its eastern end is a small gap which is filled by a spall, .30m in maximum dimension. The fine erect backstone is 1m long, .30m thich and 1.50m high. the roofstone rests on the two portals, on both sidestones and on the backstone. It is 2.70m long, 2.50m wide, and up to 1.25m thick.

The total length ot the tomb is 2.75m but the chamber proper, from the easternend of the portals to the backstone, is only 1.60m long. Because of the sloping position of the sidestones the width of the chamber decreases from 1m at ground level to .80m immediately under the roof.

The tomb is obviously of the Portal-tomb class but it is somewhat unusual in that the portal stones are of no greater height than the sidestones or indeed, the backstone.(Cormack Bourke Ulster Museum)




This monument is known as "Cromlech". It lies3/4 miles south to south-west of the tomb in Cleenrah townland. It stands near the foot of a low hill and is about 75 yards from a stream which flows eastwards to Lough Gowna. which is about 3/4 miles distant. The tomb consists of a short chamber aligned almost N-S. On the east side are a tall portal stone and a side stone. On the west side the portal is missing but a sidestone, matching that on the east, is present. Above the orthostats are two large roofstones resting one above the other. Both sides of the chamber are open at present. There are no indications of cairn. The floor of the chamber is littered with field stones.

The fine portal stone stands erect. It is 1m long, 1m thick and 2m high. The adjoining sidestone is also erect and is 1.75m long, .70m thick and 1.20m high. The opposite sidestone leans inwards. It is 1.40m long, .60m thick and 1.20m high. The lower roof stone rests on the two sidestones. It is 1.70m long 2.20m wide and up to 1.20m thick. The second roofstone is considerably larger, being3.20m long, 2.30m wide and up to 1.50m thick. It rests on one point on the portal stone and on several parts of the lower roof.(Cormack Bourke Ulster Museum)




A large uneven enclouser bounded by two substantial earthen banks with a wide interney fusse modern field fences encroach on the site and the outer bank has been modified to form part of modern field boundries. A gap in the river bank on the sse presumely represents the entrance. The entrance has been blocked in the other bank. No definate trace of a causeway. Sited near the summit of a high prominent drumlin like hill of average pasture. Good views of surroundig hilly land.(J Mc Cabe)(Cormack Bourke Ulster Museum)





For further enquiries and information please contact: Georoid Mulligan (043) 84101.

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