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Garrans Lodge

Standing Stone / Menhir

Nearest Town:Galway (7km WSW)
OS Ref (IE):   M3703725259 / Sheet: 46
Latitude:53° 16' 26.2" N
Longitude:   8° 56' 38.09" W

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There is a large stone in a field on the road to Galway from Oranmore, and beside Gurrane Lodge. Its position and size would lead one to believe that it was once used as a ceremonial stone of some kind.
The following story is told concerning this stone:-
There was once a great giant living in Oran Castle (see the story of the History of Oran Castle in this book). At one time another giant came to visit him. They decided that they would try to find out who was the stronger of the two. The local giant tore a huge rock up out of the ground. This rock is said to have been about fourteen feet long and ten feet broad. He threw the stone and in its flight it broke into two pieces. One piece (the rock in question) fell into a field near Gurrane Lodge on the Galway road. The second piece travelled so far that it was never traced.
From the 1930s Schools Collection, now being transcribed at duchas.ie.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th April 2016ce