Aghaboe, Standing Stone, Co. Laois.

Location – To the North of the abbey in a field opposite farm houses.
OS: S 326 860 (map 60)
GPS: S 32631 85979 (Accuracy – 7m)
Longitude: 7° 30' 53.18" W
Latitude: 52° 55' 25.31" N

Description and History – This standing stone is somewhat of a mystery. Standing nearly at 2m in height, I had never noticed its presence after multiple visits to this abbey as it very close to my home. I spotted it one day when I was passing in the car and nearly crashed in surprise. Why had I never seen it before? I visited the stone some time later with two archaeologists who confirmed its antiquity but speculated that this wasn’t the original location of the stone. A month later the stone appeared to be missing. I intend to go out to the site again soon to see if it has fallen or been taken away.

Difficulty – Parking at the abbey is easy but you will have to walk along a busy road to the field entrance. Be careful. Permission from the landowner is always advisable.

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Close up of the marking of ancient stone tools.

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