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Murrisk Demesne

Site/Artefact
Standing Stone

Type
Stone Row Alignment

Site Number
SMR Mayo 087 00054

National Grid Reference
091620 East
282490 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series No 31

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standing stone

Description
Standing stones are among the most numerous of the monuments in the area of Croagh Patrick. Generally considered to date from as early as the Bronze Age it is not known when the practice of erecting stones discontinued. Standing stones have a suggested wide range of functions such as burial markers, ritual or ceremonial function, astronomical significance, as in stone rows or alignments, or used as ancient boundary markers. Any or all of these might well be the reason why people erected such monuments. In the early Historic period standing stones were used in some of the rites associated with the inauguration of a king. They were looked upon as phallic symbols and the king who was a quasi-divine underwent a symbolic mating with an earth goddess in order that the land would be fertile.

Near the N base of Croagh Patrick close to the shore of Clew Bay there is a three stone row alignment. The stone row is aligned ENE-WSW. The particular stone (54) which is furthest west is 1.4m high, 1.47m wide at the base and up to 0.22m thick. This stone is set into a slight hummock.

Excavation Details
N/A

Access/Ownership
Private

References

Check out the following sections of the website for related information:

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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