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Cú Chulainn Standing Stone
 

County

Louth

Coordinates

N 53° 58' 28.26"   W 006° 27' 57.3"

Nearest town

Dundalk

Grid Ref.

J 00638 03895

Map No.

36

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

46

Date of visit

Monday 8 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The Cú Chulainn standing stone seen from the west. It does lean to the south.


This nice standing stone is said to be the one where the Irish mythological hero Cú Chulainn, mortally wounded by Lugaid Mac Con Roí, tied himself to in order to face his enemies and die on his feet. When Cú Chulainn died a raven landed on his shoulder.
The standing stone is also called Clochafarmore (Cloch an Fhir Mhóir).
The stone is about 2.80 metres tall and it leans by about 13° to the south.
All the place has a strong smell of manure.

UPDATE: May 26th, 2019 - Back to square one, back to where it all began, back to the first monument to be featured on this website!

After so many years, and several attempts before, I finally succeeded in getting close to this stone again. In the past I had tried to reach it, but the field was farmed or the rain had stopped me.
This time the weather was nice and I noticed that someone else had walked to the stone recently, so I followed the same path in order not to trample more grass than the one had been trampled already.
This beautiful and iconic standing stone stands about 190 metres south-southeast from the stile at the entrance of field. From this point, the stone it's just a thin object on the ridge of the field.
This time I had the chance to take more accurate measurements of the stone that is 2.71 metres tall, 1.03 metres wide at the base and about 45 centimetres towards the top, and it's 35 centimetres thick.
It leans to the south-southwest (195°) by 16°.
Along the east edge, close to the base, there's an engraved name, JIM McKENNA, who, I still think, might have been the person who discovered and re-erected the stone in the field.

Standing next to this stone is a wonderful feeling.
And this time there wasn't any smell of manure.

The first three photos in this page are from the visit in 2003, the remaining eleven photos are from the visit in 2019.


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