In a field near the Punchestown racecourse, home of the annual Kildare and National Hunt Races, stands the tallest and probably the most elegant of all Irish standing stones.
Locally known as the Longstone of Punchestown Great, this tall granite stone was originally set tilted, but fell down in 1931 and was re-erected three years later. Seven metres (27ft) high, the Punchestown stone weighs about 9 tons and has an almost square base with a circumference of 3.3m (11ft) that gradually turns wedge-shaped as it rises. At its base there was a short stone cist which was empty and without grave goods. The Punchestown standing stone was probably a memorial mark to the Bronze Age burial found beneath it.
Apparently, Beaker people of the Eastern Province erected this and many other standing stones in the same area (in the south-west of Ireland there are about 600 examples). The Irish name for these monuments is 'gallán' or 'dallán', though there are many local variations.
great capture of this old stone and an interresting background story too. greetings from austria.
Thanks ..::[KŒRY]::.. glad you like it.
Hello W@Z, beautiful sky and delightful colours. I like it.
Best wishes Micha
Best wishes Micha
Best regards, Andreas.
W@Z Sin intentar entrometerme. Deja para la próxima toma, que se parezca a esta, más abajo el horizonte cuando en la parte inferior se carezca de información (tono negro intenso) con una pequeña parte, queda aterrizada y gana fuerza la parte que si contiene algo que mostrar como en este caso. Saludos
Delightful beautiful congratulated for the high quality photos! Greetings!
Thanks unnippillai, best wishes from Ireland
well captured, lovely colours
Thanks Marcin, best wishes from Ireland
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Photo taken in Punchestown Great, Co. Kildare, Ireland
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