|Ballynaglogh Standing stones, 08 June 2006.
Townland - Ballynaglogh ('Baile-na-gcloch', 'the town of the stones')
Parish - Culfeightrin ('Cuil-eachtrann' [Coolaghtran] 'the corner (cuil) of the strangers')
I decided to visit these stones after seeing the images posted by FourWinds. I live within a couple of miles of the site, and drive past it most days, but have never stopped to explore, so on a pleasant June evening I set off with my camera. Its probably the most easily accessable site that I have ever visited, right in the churchyard of Culfeigtrin (St Patrick's) Church of Ireland, on the Cushendall Road (A2), just before the village of Ballyvoy. Ballyvoy is about 2KM east of Ballycastle, on the North Antrim coast.
A Massive three metre tall basalt stone stands guarding the church door, and another lies, seemingly broken in half, at the eastern end of the building. The broken portion appears to have been removed. Why this stone was defaced and not the other remains a mystery. Perhaps its phallic appearance was too much for the nineteenth-century congregation. There are reports of a third stone nearby, but I didn't have the time to search for it as the light was fading.
The church was built in 1831, but amazingly I can find no details anywhere regarding the age of the stones, or their local significance. They don't appear to be listed on the Archaeology data service website, but to my eye at least, appear to be perfectly genuine. FourWind's theory about them being linked to the other outlying stones around Knocklayd mountain seems to make sense, although they are probably the largest standing stones that I have seen in the area, and a little further away from the mountain than some of the other stones. It certainly made a change from the usual toil up squelchy hillsides to visit the other megaliths in this area. Although never as impressive as stones left in their natural setting, they are certainly worth a quick visit. I will return, and try to locate the elusive third stone (if it exists) when I get a chance.
Posted by minipixel
8th June 2006ce
Edited 8th June 2006ce