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Breeny More Stone Circle
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 44' 31.9"   W 009° 22' 29.9"

Nearest town

Bantry

Grid Ref.

W 05076 55258

Map No.

85

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

143

Date of visit

Monday 24 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The whole complex with the two portal stones still upright, a couple of stones to the southwest still present and the four boulders in the centre of the circle.


This stone circle is only 175 metres southwest (225°) from the Kealkill stone circle, I don't know why we didn't visit this site when we went to the other circle seven years ago.
Unlike the other stone circle, this one is in a more miserable state, with only two portal stones still upright. The axial stone is flat on the ground between the two portal stones, and they are flanked on their outer sides by other three fallen stones. The rest of the circle, which must have been of huge dimensions, is almost totally missing. In what could have been the centre of the circle are four boulder burials set in a square arrangement. The boulders are approximately of the same size.
The portal stones are at the north (5°) end of the circle and are 1.70 metres apart. The eastern stone of the two has a height of 2.42 centimetres sloping to a height of 1.51 metres to the north, a width of 1.23 metres and a thickness of about 50 centimetres.
The other portal stone is 1.73 metres tall, 1 metre wide and 45 centimetres thick.
The top profiles of the two stones seem complementary to each other, as they were a single longer stone later broken in two.
One of the three fallen stones was 2 metres tall when it was in an erected position.


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