Kenmare

Multiple Stone Circle - Co. Kerry

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V 907 707 (Pub.) Diameter 17x15m (Pub.)
Visited July 1998

Also known as the Shrubberies, this elliptical ring is probably the largest stone circle in southwest Ireland. We counted 15 circle stones, they showed no apparent grading and were nearly all rounded boulders, with none of the flat slabs common in the other circles of this region. Although not immediately apparent, Kenmare is a multiple Irish circle, the axial stone being a typical low, wide, flat-topped slab at the WSW. The portal stones, however, are two low boulders of light stone across the circle from the recumbent, this is unusual as the portals are often the tallest stones in circles of this type. At the centre of the ring on the axial/portal axis is a large boulder burial, the capstone is 2m long and is thought to weigh almost 7tons.

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