Aghade Holed Stone

Map Reference: S846696 (2846, 1696)

Aghade Holed Stone is a large granite slab about 2.5m by 1.5m by 50cm. It stands propped up at an angle against a field boundary. In the centre is a large perforation about 30cm diameter.

It may have been a ‘port-hole’ stone which closed the chamber of a megalithic tomb. Tradition says that it was used by Niall of the Nine Hostages to tie up Eochaidh, son of Enna Cinnselach, by means of a chain through the hole. Up till the 18th century sick infants were passed through the hole to restore them to health.

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