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Moanmore West Stone Circle
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 11' 18.2"   W 008° 31' 52.2"

Nearest town

Loughrea

Grid Ref.

M 64543 15427

Map No.

52

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

147

Date of visit

Friday 19 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

9
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These two stones are on the south side of the circle.


On the OS map this is marked as Standing Stones, but it's more like a stone circle. It is a perfect circumference with a diameter of about 18 metres, made of 7 stones, and 1 is missing, equidistant among them and with a height from 1.20 metres to 1.70 metres. Of the 7 stones 2 have fallen, the north one and the northeast one. The missing one should have been in the northwest position.
All the stones are on a circular embanked rim on the ground, which has an access from the south. In the centre of the circular embankment is a barrow which is 1 metre tall.
It is likely that the stones were the guards of an important burial.

UPDATE: June 23rd, 2015 - We wanted to visit this stone circle again, but it wasn't a great idea. The grass at the site was 1 metre high, a horrible vision! The stones were almost invisible, but I took some photos anyway.
I have seen 5 upright stones and 3 stones on the ground. The diameter of the circle is about 22 metres.
The first four photos are from the first visit.


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