Tibradden Cairn

At first sight the remains of the tomb at Tibradden looks like a passage tomb. The visible remains consist of a passage 4 to 5 meters long opening into a cicular chamber with the stone walls about a meter high surviving. On the floor is an inscribed stone, possible megalithic art. Tibradden cairn was first excavated in 1849 by antiquarians. The excavation in the centre of the cairn uncovered two bronze age cist burials.The main burial contsisted of a food-vessel and cremated bones, described as "Grave about 3 ft. 0 in. x 1 ft. 6 in. X 1 ft. 0 in. deep inside filled with charcoal of small wood and bones such as sample now in small urn, which was found broken in grave. A second crock in a very decayed state was found bottom up amongst the stones, it was of a common shape and had no marks on it." Subsequent investigation in 1956 by the OPW suggested that the current layout of the tomb results from the reconstruction of the cairn in the 19th Century mirroring the layout of a passage tomb.


  • Farrington, A. 1933. The Prehistoric Burial Cairn on Tibradden Mountain, Co. Dublin. The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol. 3, No.2 (Dec. 31, 1933), pp. 252-254
  • Daniel, G. 1959. Some Megalithic Follies . Antiquity Volume: 33 Number: 132 Page: 282–284

View of Tibradden Cairn View of chamber Tibradden Entrance to chamber Tibradden View of inscribed stone Tibradden Tomb
View of inscribed stone Tibradden View of Slieve Gullion from Tibradden  View of Hellfire Club frmo Tibradden View from Tibradden
View of chamber Tibradden tomb View of Cairn remains Tibradden

Site Location

  • SMR Number: DU025-023001
  • Class: Burial Cairn
  • National Grid Reference (E,N): 314822, 222269
  • Townland(s): Tibradden
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