I don't care if this one's slightly ruined, it's very nice indeed. The stones on the north side (nearest the field) have gone or fallen, but the recumbent stone is still in place. And that is a great big almost cubic stone.
The tallest of the remaining stones is to the north east and is 1.7m tall. This may have been one f the stones opposite the axial recumbent.
I got talking to the farmer who said that after Grange Lios, in Limerick, was on the news he has studied the circle at sunrise and sunset at the cardinal times of year and seems to think there is an alignment, although he wasn't too clear on which one it was.
The main let down for this circle is its proximity to the road.
This was the start of what was to be a very, very long day. I had decided to see how many stone circles I could visit in one day, with the goal set at 50 ... a little crazy even by my standards! Some bad decisions (like starting here) and some unexpected moments of falling love with a couple of sites and staying at them far too long, meant that I 'only' managed 26 stone circles plus some other sites. My previous best of 32 sites in a day still remains intact I think.
Templebryan, although ruined, is a lovely circle. Its ease of access and the existence of the axial stone tell you all about the site. And don't forget - it has that lovely quartz boulder in the centre ... you can't beat a bit of quartz, surprisingly something I was to see quite a bit of today.
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As an introduction to Cork axial stone circles Templebryan may not seem like an obvious choice, but it‚Äôs easy to reach and, even in its semi-ruinous state is still great. It still has its fine axial stone, one of its entrance stones and enough stones to demonstrate the way they reduce in height from the entrance to the axial stone.
At the moment the field is a bit smelly having recently been planted with cabbages, but while you‚Äôre concentrating on the circle you can ignore this.
Alignments or stone rows are groups of standing stones set in straight line. They can occur in any size group from two (usually refered to as a stone pair - see Boherboy (County Dublin)) to ten or more, although anything over four is exceptional (see Castlelanaght (County Cork)).
The function of these is a bit of a mystery, although many do seem to have significant astrological or geographical properties.
The stones making stone pairs often appear to be totally different in shape from each other, often hinting at a male and female partnership.
This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.
Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.
Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.
The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.
UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.
ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.