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<b>Templebryan</b>Posted by MeicImage © Michael Mitchell
Nearest Town:Clonakilty (2km SSE)
OS Ref (IE):   W389437 / Sheets: 86, 89
Latitude:51° 38' 33.51" N
Longitude:   8° 52' 57.87" W

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Visited on the 8th December 2011
As you enter Clonakilty from Skibbereen direction go straight over the first roundabout. Then take a left (sign posted Enniskean). Carry on up this road until you see a right turn for Shannon Vale. Carry on until the junction by the shrine. You should be able to pull in by the shrine. Walk down the road 50 yds and you will see the circle in the field to your left. You may have to clamber over the bank, though there are apparently, some steps in the bank to help you, but I couldn't for the life of me find them !
The circle itself has 4 stones still standing and at least one fallen. There is a central stone of quartz, though I am not too sure about the antiquity of this.
I thought that the site was a little disappointing, looking rather neglected and forlorn, especially as brambles have started to take over around one of the stones.
The entire dog population of the neighbourhood seemed to all be barking in unison when I was there !
Meic Posted by Meic
25th January 2012ce

The circle is actually on the other side of the road and not as displayed on the map, next time I will save the exact coordinates.
According to the book "Sacred Ireland" there is an 11 foot pillar stone with a Ballaun up the lane behind the farmhouse just before the circle in Templebryan Monastic enclosure near a small ruined church, I did not get to visit this today
bogman Posted by bogman
21st November 2009ce

I found this site a bit difficult to understand. Some of the stones are missing, and the surrounding land has been heavily altered for farming.
The stones themselves were tall and flat-topped.

JC was parked in the lay-by, typing up his notes, as we arrived.
IronMan Posted by IronMan
17th April 2002ce


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At the centre of this circle is a large block of quartz, 'Cloch Greine' or 'Sun Stone' and it is thought to have given Clonakilty or Clocha na Coilte its name. IronMan Posted by IronMan
18th April 2002ce

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