Ballymoat

Standing Stone

There are many impressive monuments in Waterford and without doubt this huge monolith ranks highly on the list. It stands 3.7 metres in height and is covered in lichen. The lichen and it's unusual profile, plus being situated on a slight rise, certainly help the monument to stand out. It can be clearly seen from quite a distance. I was very thankful that this was the case, as I was unable to obtain permission to view the megalith up close. There were building works going on to the east of the stone, but unfortunately there was no one present during my visit. The stone, which is orientated WNW-ESE is thought to have been quarried locally. there is an overgrown barrow 90 metres to the southwest. I will try to get up closer on my next visit to this area. There are a large numbers of megalithic monuments close to Tramore, these include the portal tombs at Ballynageeragh, Gaulstown and Knockeen. Also close by are the remains of a passage tomb at Matthewstown and the oddly shaped standing stone at Whitfield North known as the 'The Harp Stone'

 

Situated: From Tramore head north, staying on the R682 for about 8 kilometres, then turn left at the offset crossroads for Dunhill. After 2 kilometres turn right, the megalith is down here on your right.your right.

Discovery Map 75. S 5318 0476. Last visit June 2016.

Longitude: 7° 13' 20" W

Latitude: 52° 11' 32" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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