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Stone Circle


I've visited Broadleas at least 5 times before (it's right beside the road, a small diversion from the N81 thoroughfare down through Wicklow and Carlow) but have never felt the urge to write about my visits. Today, mid-March 2014, is different, mainly because I made a decision to write notes, however slight, for every site I visit, but also because I was rather more enchanted by the place than at any other previous time.

I've recently found the exact site of the nearby destroyed Whiteleas circle so I was in the vicinity on a scouting mission. That mission will have to wait for another day, when I don't have my 5-year-old in tow, but preliminary snooping is quite hopeful.

But back to Broadleas: now is the time to visit. All nettles and other unfriendlies have died right back and the circle is more visually accessible. The eastern arc is crowded out by thorn trees, but standing in the centre of the circle allows one appreciate the ring. The stones are at the edge of a raised platform, probably man-made, and possibly once upon a time the whole was embanked.

I climbed the denuded tree on the western arc and fired off a few shots, but felt a bit too old to be doing that sort of thing.

If you travel south out of Tallaght, this is the first of the four remaining Wicklow/Kildare circles that you come to. Then it's on to Athgreany, Castleruddery and Boleycarrigeen. I was very struck by the views to the south-east in those circles' direction: Slievecorragh and Church mountain pull the eye, and I can't wait to get to the aforementioned Whiteleas to see what, if anything, remains and what views the builders may have noticed.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
18th March 2014ce
Edited 19th March 2014ce

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