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JANUARY 2014
Lettergonnell Stone Row
County Longford
This small, peculiar stone row, not marked on either the OSI or Historic maps, is located on top of a drumlin
in pasture, north of Ballinalee, ‘Beal Atha na Lao’, on a small road to Aghnacliff, ‘Achadh na Cloiche’. The
row consists of four, widely-spaced, upright stones, aligned NE–SW, measuring 14.1m in overall length. The
1st stone measures 0.6m in height, 0.27m in width & 0.27m in depth, at the NE end of the row and leans to the
west. Stones piled around its base are probably field-clearance debris. The 2nd stone measures 0.75 in height,
0.5m in width & 0.3m in depth, also leaning to the west and stands 4.25m to its SW. The 3rd stone measures
0.66m in height, 0.35m in width & 0.3m in depth and stands 3.7m from the previous one and its axis is
transversly set to that of the row. There are some stones, again possibly field clearance, piled immediately to its
west, including a stone 0.3m in height, 0.5m in width & 0.2m in depth set an angle; the function of this stone
is unknown. The 4th stone measures 0.55m in height, 0.4m in width & 0.25m in depth and stands 4.9m to the
SW. The stones are known locally as the ‘Croppies Graves’, i.e. reputed burial places for the insurgents of the
1798 rebellion. During land reclamation extensive ground disturbance was undertaken in this area. However,
the rise upon which the monument is located was not disturbed but the pathway into the field was renovated
and widened; its scarped edge is immediately adjacent to the upright at the SW end of the row.
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LETTERGONNELL STONE ROW, COUNTY LONGFORD