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Today we visit the village of Kealkil, it is high in the hills overlooking Bantry bay in Co.Cork.
Now, I hope that you brought your hiking boots with you today as we have a bit if a walk before us ! Luckily it is dry today so no need for the raincoat .
We have to hike uphill for about ten minutes, and soon we see a sign leading us to Kealkil stone Circle. Across a stile and through a field or two – I hope that you are not out of breath- and our destination is before us, take a look at this interesting stone circle that has stood here for over 3,000 years !
The stone circle is an archaeological site with a very small 5-stone recumbent stone circle, a pair of outlier standing stones, and the remains of a radial stone cairn. A sign tells us that there are several stone circles in the area. Little is known about their function – they could have been used for observations about the movements of the sun and moon , or for religious worship. As we know , many have been used for burials and ritual , the most famous being the Newgrange monument in Co. Meath .
A sign tells us that the site was excavated in 1938 , but no artefacts were discovered . However, there was evidence found that wooden structures once existed here – so perhaps this was some kind of temple of meeting house .
Regardless, it’s amazing to be able to walk around these sacred places and enjoy the stunning views over the West Cork countryside .
Let’s re trace our steps and head back to the car, it looks like the rain is coming soon .I hope that you enjoyed todays visit to some of Irelands lesser known historic sites.
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