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Knocknaneirk NE

Stone Circle

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Nearest Town:Cookstown (6km NE)
OS Ref (IE):   W372633 / Sheet: 86
Latitude:51° 49' 6.98" N
Longitude:   8° 54' 39" W

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I picked this site as the first to visit on a wet Cork morning.
I actually thought access was fairly reasonable but I suppose its all about times of the year. I find early spring before the grass gets growing is always a good time to be out and about in the countryside..... very few cows about!
The circle itself is really fantastic, I've seen pictures of it before but seeing it upclose the stones do really have a real "weight" to them. The altar stone and the whole circle is very aesthetically pleasing.
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
13th April 2011ce

This really is a beauty, it's also an absolute bugger to get to. It sits two or three fields from the road depending on which way you come. This field is massive and yet seems to have no access gates anywhere! They must airlift the cows in. I ended up scrambling over the unusually high and broad field wall much further down the valley and walking back up. On the way back the bullocks had moved fields and cut off my escape route, had to climb a few more hedges to get back to the car.

The circle itself is wonderful, the stones have a heavily rubbed smooth surface and most are shot with quite a lot of quartz. The recumbent is very altar-like as Fourwinds has said and all the stones have a very heavy 'presence'. Its a real pity the ground around them is so badly trampled by itchy cows. The view is surprisingly good and walking further down the hill allows a view of the stones against the skyline.
CianMcLiam Posted by CianMcLiam
27th August 2006ce