The Bargaining Stone, Holy Island, Co. Clare.

Location – This is located behind St. Mary’s church on the E side of the island.
OS: R 698 849 (map 58)
Longitude: 8° 26' 56.33" W
Latitude: 52° 54' 50.91" N

Description and History – This stone is another oddity of the island. It is a low boulder about 30 cm high about 1.5m long. There is a hole that runs through the stone towards the water. The tradition is that contracts were sealed between monks on the island by shaking hands through this stone, hence its name. While there are many holed stones around Ireland, there are few like this.

Difficulty – This could easily be missed as it’s on the shore like amongst other rocks. It also get boggy down here so bring your wellies – a good tip for the whole island.