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Nearest Town:Ballymore Eustace (7km N)
OS Ref (IE):   N919033 / Sheet: 55
Latitude:53° 4' 20.83" N
Longitude:   6° 37' 43.3" W

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Crehelp II Round Barrow(s)

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There is a standing stone in Cryhelp about three miles west of Dunlavin. It has a hole in the top of it about nine inches long and four inches wide. There is an old tradition about it, that it was not aways in that place, it was moved to mark the grave of Harold, chief prince who was killed in the battle of Glen Mama.
The corner of the field in which the Cryhelp stone is standing is said to have been a cemetery a long time ago, covered with trees. Near at hand is a nettle-covered hollow, which was at one time opened; there is an underground passage leading to a mound not far away. It is not said that this hole was used to cure anything.
Recorded as part of the Schools Collection in the 1930s, and now online at
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th August 2020ce


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Taken from the NMR:

Description: Listed as a 'standing stone' in the SMR (1986) and as a possible 'children's burial ground' in the RMP (1995). A roughly dressed granite pillar (H 1.77m; 0.27m x 0.26m), pierced by a rectangular slot (H 0.23m; Wth 0.11m) through the E and W faces c. 52cm from the top, reputedly marks the grave of Prince Aralt (Harold) one of the Danish chieftains killed in the Battle of Glenmama. It is also believed that the corner of the field in which the stone now stands was formerly a burial ground. (Walshe 1931, 135)

Compiled by: Matt Kelleher

Date of upload: 19 December 2012

Date of last visit: 20 July 1989
ryaner Posted by ryaner
16th June 2014ce

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Crehelp II (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Utterly fascinating ring barrow, absolutely stunning as you peep over the bank and there she sits in her perfection. To the south the terrain rises suddenly, forming a kind of tangential platform to the barrow, provoking speculation that these 'barrows' are not barrows, but ceremonial henges of some sort. This is one of a few of this type that I've seen in and around Blessington with very flattened interiors, almost as if they were designed that way – if they never contained burials, then what was their purpose?

The external ditch, 20 to 25 metres in diameter, the bank, down again in towards the centre covered in rushes and with no signs of a cist or any structure, just a bit of a depression. This site must trap water in the winter, allowing the rushes to grow – it's not naturally marshy here, quite dry really for a place with such an abundance of rushes. On the northern arc is a rabbit warren dug into the bank, east is a house and back garden with the resident mowing the lawn.

To the south and south-east, Keadeen and Brusselstown are really prominent. Trees block the view east towards Church mountain, but she's there alright.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
18th July 2014ce

Crehelp II (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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