Field Notes 2: Dromogorteen Stone Circle

Next stop Bonane Heritage Park to see the Dromogorteen Stone Circle. There is a €4 admission to the park or €12 for a family ticket. This place is great way to spend a couple of hours if you are in the area, especially with kids as it’s a decent but easy walk on a track through some beautiful countryside with picnic areas, some nice ancient monuments (a rath, a standing stone and a bullaun stone) and of course a stone circle. It’s a good sized circle (10m diameter) of 13 stones with 6 upright and a SSW-NNE axis, known locally as the Judge & Jury. There are a number of possible solar, lunar and landscape alignments with this one. Thanks to Danny O Connor, proprietor of the park who gave me a cup of tea and a lot of great information, he was the owner of the land and the reason we are now able to visit this collection of antiquities and I could have happily spent the whole day chatting to him.