Punchestown Standing Stone
Map Reference: N917164 (2917, 2164)
This tall tapering stone is almost 7m high. When it fell in 1931 an empty Bronze Age cist was found near the base. The stone has now been re-erected in its stone-lined socket. It is one of a number of tall stones in this area. In Craddockstown West, about 1km away, is a stone over 4m tall, and in Forenaghts Great, about 4km away, is a third stone, about 5m high. These are some of the tallest surviving standing stones in Ireland. However they are small when compared to the standing stones of Brittany, one of which is 12m high. Another, now broken, was nearly 20m long.
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