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The Timoney Stones (Standing Stones)

Nenagh Guardian - 18.12.1954

13 - Timoney Carved Stone
This carved stone comes from Timoney and was once thought to be a Cross Shaft but expert opinion suggests that it is an ancient stone of secular origin and of the same type as the Tybroughny Stone.

Laharankeal (Stone Circle)

This stone circle is thought to have been aligned to the winter solstice sunset (Jack Roberts).

Kilmartin Lower (Stone Circle)

This stone circle is suspected to be aligned to the cross quarter day sunset.

Kilickaforavane (Passage Grave)

This tomb is suspected to be aligned to summer solstice sunrise between two peaks (Jack Roberts). However there is very little of it remaining to confirm.

This carved stone is thought to have come from it.

Thomastown (Passage Grave)

It is thought that from this possible passage-tomb, that the summer solstice setting sun sets over Cairn T.

Ardcroney (Portal Tomb)

"It is sited on low lying ground near a turlough (an intermittent lake) which was the general location favoured by portal tomb builders"
Tipperary History & Society - William Nolan & Thomas G. McGrath

Knockfeerina (Sacred Hill)

This ogham stone was seemingly originally on Knockfierna at one stage.

Lough Gur D (Stone Circle)

I believe the correct OS ref is R654412

Keel East (Lower) (Court Tomb)

To get an idea of how this used to look, when I looked at this post-card I could immediately understand the rather unusual layout.

Ballinree South (Standing Stone / Menhir)

In some good news I read recently that this standing stone has been moved and can now be viewed in Cashel Folk Village.

Bauraglanna (Stone Circle)

The circle seems to have been part of a mini-complex with possibly two wedge-tombs from what I can make of the descriptions.

All taken from the North Tipp Archaeological Inventory

"Baurnaglanna "Dermot and Grannias Bed" R837674
Megalithic tomb (possible, site). This feature, all trace of which had been removed by 1904, stood on the lower north-eastern slopes of Slievekimalta or Keeper Hill. An account in an OS Name Book (1840) describes it as 'a few large stones stuck in the ground in the form of a bed' (OS Name Book, 1904; De Valera and Ó Nualláin 1982, 98, No. 6)

Baurnaglanna "Cromlech" R843679
Megalithic tomb (possible, site). There is no recognisable ancient feature at the position indicated on the OS Map which is on the E side of a field-bank at the foot of a S-facing slope just north of the Mulkear River. An OS Name Book (1840) records that the name applied to 'a heap of stones covering about a square perch (c. 5m?) of ground'. An account in a later OS Name Book (1904) claims that the feature in question was a horizontally laid stone. Crawford (1910, 41) noted a large stone buried in a field bank a projecting corner of which rested on a smaller stone. The nature of the feature referred to is uncertain. (De Valera and Ó Nualláin 1982, 97-8, No.5)"

Cloghaunainey (Carving)

"The stone bridge on the river Camoge, Cloghaunainey, demolished in 1930, was believed to have been built by Áine, and to carry the impress of her feet on its slabs" – Mythic Ireland – Micheal Dames

This to me sounds like this bridge may have been built with stone that may have had some kind of rock art on it. Unfortunately the bridge has been removed.

Longstone (Henge)

R 797392
A large earthwork crowns the hill at Longstone, Cullen, Co. Tipperary. The earthwork consists of a central two-tiered mound with a standing stone sited at the centre. A shallow fosse surrounds the mound and a sloping berm extends outwards to a wide, shallow fosse and outer bank. There is an entrance with a causeway across the fosse, in the outer bank at the east. The overall diameter of the earthwork measures 65 metres.

The standing stone was broken in two during a storm some years ago. Subsequently the monument was taken into guardianship by the Commissioners of Public Works to enable the standing stone to be repaired. In 1973 an excavation was commenced at Longstone.
The outer bank is composed of earth and shale; both fosses are shallow since very little effort was made to cut into the underlying shale which rises towards the surface of the summit of the hill; the central mound consists of two parts, the lower tier not yet excavated and the upper tier which is composed of a clay core with a rough stone setting at the perimeter. The centre of the upper tier was dug away in relatively modern times, thus weakening the foundations of the standing stone which caused it to slant before it finally broke in two.

Some signs of burning under the bank and a few flint artefacts found outside the bank possibly exist from the period of the building of the monument. The excavated segments of both fosses did not produce any finds. The berm has produced the most interesting of the features so far uncovered. The south-east segment had one cremated burial in a small pit, several pockets of cremated bone and charcoal, a post-hone and an overall scatter of cremated bone and charcoal. A second cremated burial, also in a small pit, was discovered in the north-west segment of the berm.
Artefacts acts found during the 1973 season were two flint scrapers from outside the bank, a chert dart head and spindle whorl from the surface of the lower tier of the central mound and two coins of C.1500 from the edge of the upper clay tier. As one of these coins came from the disturbed portion it possibly denotes the date approximately at which the mound was first dug into
Peter Danaher, National Parks and Monuments Branch, Office of Public Works.
From excavations write up.
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