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Balnagon Upper stone pair

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<b>Balnagon Upper stone pair</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Mullagh (10km N)
OS Ref (IE):   N673752 / Sheet: 42
Latitude:53° 43' 19.55" N
Longitude:   6° 58' 49.33" W

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Easy to see in a field on the right-hand side of the road halfway between Kells and Loughcrew. Like most of the standing stones I've seen in the vicinity, they are used as cattle scratching posts, which may account for the leaning condition of the western one. This is a thin slab-like stone, rather like an orthostat, of about 1.4 metres tall (were it upright). It doesn't seem like it will collapse anytime soon, but then again I'm only 13 stone and don't have 2/4 stomachs. ;-)
The eastern stone is about the same height, wedge shaped and seems to have had a prominent point at the top that was broken off sometime in the not too distant past.
A mildly diverting stop-off on the way to Loughcrew if you have 10 minutes.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
7th July 2006ce
Edited 7th July 2006ce