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Punchestown Standing Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir


At the north-west corner of the field there is a service entrance to Punchestown racecourse. The gate is sometimes open but if it isn't there is a hurdlable wall. Over this and back into the corner, the fence into the pasture field that holds the stone is easily surmountable. The hedging and fencing that line the road are impossible. (If you're not into leaping the medium-difficult wall you can walk up to the actual racecourse entrance a couple of hundred yards up the road and come back to this point. The racecourse allows dog-walkers and strollers and is a popular amenity for the denizens of Naas up the road)

There is a footworn track from the field corner to the stone so people are still determined to visit despite the obstacles. The stone itself is magnificent, the views north blocked but those south-east towards the Wicklow mountains fine. An old info sign has been trashed and thrown into the battered enclosure, the cement that holds the stone up after it was re-ercted in 1934 visible but not too obtrusive.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
20th September 2019ce

Comments (2)

There are doubtlessly many stones in UK and Eire which deserve re-erecting, making the past visible, present spencer Posted by spencer
21st September 2019ce
Doubtless, but not on too many agendas. ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st September 2019ce
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