Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Gortaclade - Ballaun Stone

Gortaclade - Ballaun Stone

The Gortaclade Ballaun stone, not far from  the village of Kilmeaden, is oval shaped and measures 1.7 m X 1.2 m.

Located in the centre of a field, it is an impressive rough earthfast stone which has two complete bowls and the portions of two others on its outer edges.

The central basin, which is about 40 cm in diameter, is a particularly fine example of  a perfect cylindrical stone indent.

The area in which the stone is sited is known locally as the “Field of the Monks”.

 

Directions: From Waterford City travel on the N25 (old road) for Cork. Just outside the village of Kilmeaden turn right at the first roundabout signposted for Carrick on Suir (R680). Then straight through the next roundabout.

After 0.5 km take first turn left (after Suir Valley Railway entrance). A further 1km along this road you come to a farm on the right opposite a road to the left. Ask at this house for access. The stone is in a field at the rear of the farm buildings. 

 

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