I think I must have visited this site around Easter Time 2005. Got the directions from the book Sacred Ireland by Cary Meehan. Think I went via latin cullen (the home of ex-tipperary hurling star Nicky English). The site itself is on the left hand side of the road and is difficult to see from the road itself as the side of the road rises up. I parked at a farmers gate just before the site.
At the rear of the site there is a small lake which Sacred Ireland suggests could have been used for votic offerings etc. Didn't take a picture of the lake because at that stage the old farmer that owned the field had come in. He seemed like a nice guy and didn't seem to mind people coming on his land.
About a half mile further up the road is the site of where Patrick Sarsfield finished his daring ride and attack on the Williamite forces. There is also a large rock outcrop (bit like the Rock of Cashel) that has been claimed by Christainity (beside a St. Brigid's Church), however it is very impressive and I would guess that maybe its use may have gone back further than that.
A large earthwork crowns the hill at Longstone, Cullen, Co. Tipperary. The earthwork consists of a central two-tiered mound with a standing stone sited at the centre. A shallow fosse surrounds the mound and a sloping berm extends outwards to a wide, shallow fosse and outer bank. There is an entrance with a causeway across the fosse, in the outer bank at the east. The overall diameter of the earthwork measures 65 metres.
The standing stone was broken in two during a storm some years ago. Subsequently the monument was taken into guardianship by the Commissioners of Public Works to enable the standing stone to be repaired. In 1973 an excavation was commenced at Longstone.
The outer bank is composed of earth and shale; both fosses are shallow since very little effort was made to cut into the underlying shale which rises towards the surface of the summit of the hill; the central mound consists of two parts, the lower tier not yet excavated and the upper tier which is composed of a clay core with a rough stone setting at the perimeter. The centre of the upper tier was dug away in relatively modern times, thus weakening the foundations of the standing stone which caused it to slant before it finally broke in two.
Some signs of burning under the bank and a few flint artefacts found outside the bank possibly exist from the period of the building of the monument. The excavated segments of both fosses did not produce any finds. The berm has produced the most interesting of the features so far uncovered. The south-east segment had one cremated burial in a small pit, several pockets of cremated bone and charcoal, a post-hone and an overall scatter of cremated bone and charcoal. A second cremated burial, also in a small pit, was discovered in the north-west segment of the berm.
Artefacts acts found during the 1973 season were two flint scrapers from outside the bank, a chert dart head and spindle whorl from the surface of the lower tier of the central mound and two coins of C.1500 from the edge of the upper clay tier. As one of these coins came from the disturbed portion it possibly denotes the date approximately at which the mound was first dug into
Peter Danaher, National Parks and Monuments Branch, Office of Public Works.