A little Fenor history that needs respecting

Pat Hutchinson and Gino Kavanagh, Tramore, on a recent visit to the ‘Giants  Grave’ at Matthewstown, Fenor.<br />

Pat Hutchinson and Gino Kavanagh, Tramore, on a recent visit to the ‘Giants Grave’ at Matthewstown, Fenor.

Bus-loads of tourists are turning up to see the ‘Giants Grave’ at Matthewstown, Fenor, which is flagged on the Waterford Tourism website and leaflets.

Sadly, however, there are a lot of people who are living in the parish who haven’t even seen this tomb, or could tell you where it is (2km north of the village).

There are many tombs like it all over Ireland and are slowly fading away because their history is not being passed down – and neither are many of these national monuments being properly taken care of.

Surely there should be something in place for this tomb to have the growth cut back, the grass around it cut, perhaps a fence erected, and some form of educational signage for those coming to see it?

Reading ‘Ring forts in Fenor’ under the Heritage heading on the Dunhill, Fenor, Boatstrand, Annestown website (www.claneire.com/connected/dfba.htm), “Relics of our history that have survived for 2,500 years, deserve the respect and protection of us all,” says the article’s author Tom Nolan.

On the same website, Sorcha Hartley adds: “The megalithic tomb is locally known as Leaba Thomais Mhic Caba (Thomas McCabe’s Bed). It is fifteen feet long and about six feet wide. There are two rows of upright stones protruding above the ground to about three-and-a-half feet. This grave was covered by four large stone slabs. Three of these are still in position and measure about six feet by four feet. A large boulder was probably placed at both ends. This Kistvaen, as it called, is situated in a place where a large part of the countryside can be seen as far as the Comeragh Mountains. It’s a fine example of a wedge-shaped tomb dating from c. 2,000 BC.”

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