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Standing Stone

According to the a number of Irish annals, including the Annals of the Four Masters, the Annals of Ulster and the Annals of Innisfallen, the battle of Glenmama took place in County Wicklow in 999AD. During the battle, the combined forces of the Kingdom of Munster, led by King Brian Boru, and the Kingdom of Meath inflicted a crushing defeat on the united forces of Leinster, led by King Máel Mórda and the Danish King of Dublin Sigtrygg Silkbeard Olafsson. The roughly dressed granite pillar reputedly marks the grave of Prince Aralt (Harold Olafsson), one of the Danish kings sons killed in the battle. The pillar stands almost 1.8 metres high and is 0.27 metres wide by 0.26 metres thick. About half a metre down from the top, it has has an unsual rectangular hole measuring 0.11 metres wide by 0.23 metres high pierced through it. The image pictured left shows the west face. The stone marked "A standing stone" in the National monuments record is thought to stand in an earlier cemetery, possibly a childrens burial ground.

Situated: From Blessington head south on the N81 after 13 kilometres turn right at the bend. Then 900metres turn right. The stone is in a field 1.1 kilometres up here on the right. The field has two low inset gateways.

Discovery Map 56: N 9183 0326. Last visit June 2013.

Longitude: 6° 37' 47" W

Latitude: 53° 4' 20" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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