Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Lissahane Stone Pair

Lissahane Stone Pair

Even before you reach this site, the remaining stone of what is believed to be a Stone Pair, is indeed a striking sight in the distance.

This magnificent standing stone which is sheltered by an Alder tree, stands 3.8 metres tall.

It has a triangular cross section and is 1.3 metres at its widest and 0.3 metres thick.

Standing perfectly upright, it has a true prehistoric look about it and also a great presence.

It is oriented in a N-S direction

Lying prone right beside it, is another sizeable stone which measures 3.35 metres in length. This stone is 0.7 metres in width and 0.6 thick. Towards one end it has a narrow hole which appears to have been bored into the stone. This is most likely a modern feature and might suggest that it could have been used at some stage as a gate pillar.

The stone is very much slab-like in appearance and is in total contrast to the stone that remains standing. There is no visible evidence as to where exactly it may have stood originally. Only excavation of the site could determine this.

 

Despite Lissahane not being an intact Stone Pair, the remaining standing stone is undoubtedly one of Waterford’s finest examples.

 

The second stone lying prone and photo on right showing the bored hole

 

 

Directions: Follow the N25 for Cork from Waterford. At Carroll’s Cross which is at about 10km, take the left turn signposted for Kill. Travel on this road about 1.5km till you reach a lane on the left which leads to an old farmyard. From here the stone is just two fields away to the south east.

 

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