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Dual Court Tomb, Aghanaglack, Boho

Aghanaglack or Aghnaglack (from Irish Achadh na Glaice, meaning 'field of the hollow'[1]), is a townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the civil parish of Boho, as well as Fermanagh and Omagh district.


Aghanaglack derives from the Irish achadh na glaice, meaning "field of the hollow".[1] Alternative spellings of this name recorded over the centuries include: Aghneglack (1609), Aghonaglacky (1611), Agheneglackie (1624), Aghneglacke (1630), Aghanlaike (1659) and Glack, Glac or Glac Mhanchach, Aghonaglacky and Aghanaglach.[2][3]


The Reverend John Nixon states in his diary, that during the period of the Plantation, the Chief of the O’Flanagans (Hugh III) whose main residence was at Aghamore on the shore of Carrick Lough, received a grant of land at Glack in Boho. Some of the ruling sept of the O’Flanagans eventually settled in Austria.[4]

Giants Double Court Tomb[edit]

In 1938 a "double court tomb" (Grid ref:H0981 4358)was excavated in the townland of Aghanaglack by Prof. Oliver Davies (4000–2000 BC).[5][6] The tomb is in a clearing in Ballintempo Forest at an altitude of 222 m (728 ft) (Grid ref: H097 435).[7] The twin galleries of the tomb are aligned east-west, one of which has a length of 4 metres, terminating in a 2-metre-tall stone and the other about 1 metre ending in the bedrock.[8] The site was thought to have been disturbed by previous excavations; some of the stones used for building;the actual cairn being used as a pigsty. [9] The tomb was found to contain Bronze Age and Stone Age items, pots, arrowheads and the remains of two children some of which can be found on display at the Enniskillen museum.[10][11]

Medieval High Cross Shaft[edit]

The medieval cross shaft (Grid ref: H1083 4351) is approximately 9ft tall and includes the intact mortice for the cross head. This is a Scheduled Historic Monument.[12][13]

Aghnaglack Cave[edit]

This cave is a provisional Area of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Historic Monument because of its use as a Souterrain (grid ref: H1085 4357).[13]

Stone Circle with Cupmark and Cashel[edit]

A Scheduled Ancient Monument (FER210-038), this site overlooks Mullylusty at the head of the Lurgan river (grid ref: H1113 4361).[13]

Mass Rock[edit]

This Mass Rock is located in the sub-townland of Carrickanalter.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Place Names NI - Aghanaglack
  2. ^ "Placenames NI". 
  3. ^ Dinneen, P. S. (1917). Me Guidhir Fhearmanach, the Maguires of Fermanagh .i. Maghnus agus Giolla Iosa, "dhá mhac Dhuinn Mhoir mic Raghnaill". M.H. Gill. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  4. ^ William K. Parke (1994). "Extracts from the Diary of Reverend John Nixon". Clogher Record. Clogher Historical Society. 15 (1): 25–30. JSTOR 27699373. doi:10.2307/27699373. 
  5. ^ Davies, O. (1939). "Excavation of a horned cairn at Aghanaglack, Co. Fermanagh". Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 69: 21–38. 
  6. ^ Davies, Oliver; Darvill, T. C. (1980). "Court Cairns". Man, New Series (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute). Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 15 (2): 375–377. 
  7. ^ "Peatlands". Northern Ireland Environment Agency. 
  8. ^ "Aghanaglack Dual Court Tomb". GoIreland. Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Prehistoric Monuments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Aghnaglack: Court Tomb". Megalithomania. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Aghanaglack Dual Court Tomb". Irish Antiquities. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  12. ^ North West Ulster: The Counties of London Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone. Yale University Press. 1979. p. 564. 
  13. ^ a b c "Scheduled Historic Monuments (to 15 October 2012)" (PDF). NI Environment Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Boho Heritage Organisation (2009). Edel Bannon, Louise Mclaughlin, Cecilia Flanagan, eds. Boho Heritage: A treasure trove of history and lore. Nicholson & Bass Ltd, Mallusk, Northern Ireland. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-9560607-0-9. 

Coordinates: 54°20′13″N 7°50′24″W / 54.337°N 7.840°W / 54.337; -7.840