Dathi’s Stone and Mound, Glenballythomas, Co. Roscommon.

Location – Moving on from Relignaree follow the fence to the right of the style until you can see the mound and stone. There is no easily accessible fence so you will have to take your chances gaining access. The fences are electric to be careful.
OS: M 800 827 (map 33)
Longitude: 8° 18' 7.49" W
Latitude: 53° 47' 37.49" N
GPS: M 80095 82733 (Accuracy: 5m)
See map at the bottom of the page.

Description and History – This ring-barrow and standing stone is quite impressive and is said to be the burial place of Dathi, the last pagan king of Connaught. The monument is, however, much earlier than Dathi who ruled in the 5th century and dates to around 200BC. The barrow is nearly 30m wide and not perfectly circular as the builders of the monument took advantage of a natural gravel ridge. The stone stands nearly 2m high and is made of a red sandstone. There were some aggressive cattle in with the mound on the day that I was there so I only got to see the mound from the fence.

Difficulty – It’s a bit of walk from the nearest road but well worth it. All the fence climbing can be hazardous as one person got a nasty shock from the electric fence on the day I was there.

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These two weren't keen on having us in the field.

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2 comments:

GoodFella said...

You know there are Monoliths and Bullaun Stones in Galway East and West and in Oranmore, just google Rosmcam Bullaun stone,

Brian

The Standing Stone said...

Thanks. Galway is somewhere we hope to explore fairly soon...