Rathealy

Standing Stone

The standing stone in Rathealy townland has been moved on several occasions. It was lying prostrate in a field about 230 metres to the south-west. The farmer, a lovely man, had moved the limestone monolith nearer to his farmyard for protection. It was moved again in the 1980s to its present position. The 2.7 metre long stone is now standing by the side of a track leading to the farmers yard. It is roughly rectangular and tapers toward the top. The side of to the stone, pictured left is quite flat, so I presume this was the side used in any alignment. For obvious reasons the alignment and orientation have now been lost, but still a nice stone to view. It is standing on private property so please ask for permission before viewing. Rathealy ringfort is 500 metres west from here.

Situated: From Tullaroan head north for about 3 kilometres. At the T-Junction take a right turn. Then take the next left, about 300 metres. The track up to the farm is on your left, about 750 metres down this road. Please ask for permission to view.

Discovery Map 60: S 3882 6050. Last visit April 2019.

Longitude: 7° 25' 32" W

Latitude: 52° 41' 40" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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