Looking towards Kilmalkedar Church

Kilmalkedar

Bullauns

This multiple bullaun stone, known as the Keelers, is an earthfast boulder with 7 large depressions in the upper surface. The boulder is at least 2.50 metres by 2.4 metres and protrudes above ground level by 0.34 metres. The depressions or bullauns vary in size, the largest is 0.42metres in diameter and about 0.25 metres deep. Keelers were vessels or tubs used in cooking. This bullaun stone is a national monument. Another bullaun lies by the side of the road opposite the kissing gate that leads to the Keelers. It is set on its side and has two narrow depressions facing outwards, the longest of these may be a natural feature. See image bottom left.

Folklore/Mythology: There are several stories in Irish folklore and mythology about the magical cow Glas Ghaibheann (Glas Gainach, Glas Ghaibhnann). In one legend the Glas is guarded by Goibniu, an Irish God and the blacksmith of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The milk from the Glas was never ending, she could supply multitudes with her ceaseless supply of milk. The cow was so strong she could travel around three of Ireland's four provinces in a single day giving her milk to who ever needed it. The cow would stand over the bullaun stone and fill the keelers or vessels with her milk. Three miles miles southwest of the keelers are two prehistoric stones known as the 'Gate of the Cow' - Geata an Glas Ghaibhleann - the Glas would retire to the gate at the end of each day and stand beween the two stones.

Bullaun opposite kissing gate

Situated: From Dingle head west on the R 559 then turn right for Baile na Fheirtearaigh, staying on the R 559. Kilmalkedar church is on your right about 7 kilometres from Dingle. The main bullaun stone is in the next field through the kissing gate.

Discovery Map 70: Q 4010 0631. Last visit Sept 2012.

Longitude: 10° 20' 18" W

Latitude: 52° 11' 8" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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