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GLEBE STONE CIRCLE
GLEBE STONE CIRCLE, COUNTY MAYO
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2008
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This Stone Circle, one of four in the immediate area and marked as 'Stone Circles' in
both the Historic and OS maps, is located 1 km NE of the village of Cong, 'Conga', on
the Galway / Mayo county boundary. This circle, the largest of the four, consists of 17
erect orthostats and one, on the east side of the circle, has multiple cup-marks on its
inner face. Ancient Mythology says that they were erected by the Tuatha De Danann
before the 1st battle of Moytirra. Their enemy, the Fir Bolg, had engaged the
Formorian champion Balor, whose evil eye was feared for its power to evaporate his
enemies. The Fir Bolg, aware of this treat, erected the stone circles and painted them
in the images of their warriors to deceive Balor. Balor's eye failed to destroy the stones
and he was convinced it had lost its power, so he left the battlefield. Without him the
Fir Bolg were soon defeated. It is said that strange fairy figures can be seen dancing
around the stones, and it is believed to be the spirits of the Tuatha De Danann warriors,
celebrating their victory over the Fir Bolg.
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