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Standing Stone / Menhir


There is a big standing stone in a field owned by Martin Moran of Caralavin. There is no writing on it.
There is another stone in a field now owned by Thomas Gilmartin of Carracrum. It is sloped a little to one side. This is the stone that gave Carracrum its name.
There are two standing stones like those I have already mention in Cara. Some years ago one of them fell but the people decided to put it up again. It took thirty men to put it up.
Another stone stands in a field owned by Patrick McAndrew of Caracrum. There is no writing on any of these stones.
There is ogham writing on a stone in Carower however. Once some people started digging under this stone for gold. They were not long digging when they saw that the stone was about to fall. When they saw this they ran away.
There are some small stones in a field owned by Thomas Judge of Carrowreagh.
All those stones were supposed to be brought by giants once to build a castle for a king. As they were coming they heard that the king was dead. They then dropped the stones. This accounts for the number of stones in this district.
From the Schools Collection of the 1930s, now being digitised at
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th April 2016ce

Comments (2)

That's lovely, it has such a matter of fact tone, especially the bit about the giants. And I hope Mr Moran and Mr Gilmartin and Mr McAndrew and Mr Judge were proud to be the custodians of their stones. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
5th April 2016ce
It is very matter of fact isn't it! I'm enjoying all these new stories. It does seem that there's a general Respect for the Stones. Certainly for the fairy forts. Let's hope there's something in the fairies' revenge, I think that moron at Brittas could do with a taste of it. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th April 2016ce
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