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Standing stone, Dromclough

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This single rugged stone sits at the edge of the sea shore amongst pasture over looking Bantry Bay and Whiddy island. It is now partnered by a windswept hawthorn and together they combine to make an evocative statement. Possibly aligned ENE-WSW.

Single standing stones, usually called gallan, have been placed for a multitude of different reasons from marking prehistoric burials, to commemorative or ritualistic purposes.

 

Townland: 
Dromclogh
Location: 
Sheep's Head Way north - Boolteenagh to Glanlough; viewable from road; access if gate open
Fieldnotes: 

To get to this solitary stone you have to trudge through boggy pasture, skirting round the field edge until you arrive at the shore. What a fantastic view out across Bantry Bay and towards Whiddy Island. The stone appears to have been shaped, maybe to resemble one of the imposing mountains across the bay?