Archive for 'Stone Circles'

Beltany Stone Circle

Beltany Stone Circle

Raphoe, Co. Donegal
To add to the distinctiveness of this stone circle, a horrific-looking Iron Age stone head was found near the monument, perhaps indicating that the site had a ritual use for many centuries after its construction.

Dooncarton Stone Circle

Dooncarton Stone Circle

Dooncarton, Co. Mayo
There are seven stones remaining here on a ridgeline with a dramatic view over Broadhaven Bay. Caesar Otway described in 1850 how his companions tricked some locals into uprooting all the stones of the circle in a futile search for silver coins.

Kealkil Stone Circle

Kealkil Stone Circle

Kealkil, Co. Cork
The circle’s tallest upright appears similar in proportion to the enigmatic black monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001 A Space Odyssey. That was the same year that Erich von Däniken’s first book, Chariots of the Gods, was published.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Salisbury Plain, England
No, Stonehenge is not in Ireland. But according to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Merlin the magician moved Stonehenge from Ireland to England as a memorial for Britons who had been treacherously slain by the Saxons at a truce meeting on Salisbury Plain.

Athgreany Piper’s Stones

Athgreany Piper’s Stones

Hollywood, Co. Wicklow
The green Wicklow Hills setting provides a serene background for this sad tale of merriment gone wrong, the piper and his dancers suddenly turned into blocks of stone because they were dancing on the Sabbath Day.

Lough Gur

Lough Gur

Bruff, Co. Limerick
There is no other spot in Ireland so rich in the evidence of prehistoric habitation and ceremony, and also in the mythic traditions of men and gods. The largest stone circle in Ireland lies close to a scenic lake reputed to harbor a magical realm beneath it.

Drombeg Stone Circle

Drombeg Stone Circle

Glandore, Co. Cork
Drombeg presides over a view that gently swoops down to the Atlantic a mile distant. Its organically sculpted, honey-colored stones form a circle that seems unlikely to be associated with the dying victims of human sacrifice.


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