I was heading home when I came across signposts to this site and so I thought, "Why not?"
Upon arriving at this signposted national monument the first thing I found was that the way into the field has been fenced over with barbed wire .... nice!
The monument itself is quite an extraordinary one. The circle is a low-stoned multiple site ith many of its stones missing or disturbed. It is surrounded by a shallow fosse or ditch which is a rare feature. One of the only other sites in Cork to share this feature is Reanascreena (County Cork).
Until quite recently there were two huge monoliths lying prone at the north and south sides of the circle. These were re-erected but one has now fallen again. These stones are tall, slender pillars, roughly square in section and are 4m tall.
It was getting very dark during my visit and so I can't really say what the views and surrounding landscape is like, but what I can say is that it is a very interesting site and well worth a visit.
As it was dusk last time I was here I had to call in and see it in the daylight. This really is a fascinating monument. What did it really look like? Did the two stones originally stand either side of the circle or are they from a row like at Knocknakilla (County Cork) just down the road?
A great site and well signposted. One to visit for sure.
I was amazed to see that the field with this circle in is up for sale as a potential site. As soon as I hear about an application for planning permission I‚Äôll be objecting very strongly. I am fed up with people building close to our heritage and ruining it. If they weren‚Äôt asking for such a ridiculous sum for the field I‚Äôd buy it myself and put a proper gate in!
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.