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Glebe

Stone Circle

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Also known as:
  • Cong Stone Circles

Nearest Town:Cong (2km SW)
OS Ref (IE):   M163561 / Sheet: 38
Latitude:53° 32' 53.32" N
Longitude:   9° 15' 46.46" W

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Visited 21.5.11
What a cracking stone circle this is! (The main circle that is)
The field in which the circle stands was full of cows that were too busy chewing the cud to be bothered by me. I hopped over the protective black metal fence and had the circle to myself.
The slightly raised ground the circle stands on plus the trees gives this a lovely setting – it also provided me with cover out of the rain to write my notes!
I counted 17 stones left in the circle with a stump of a stone just outside the circle. There were also 3 stones piled to one side – fallen stones from the circle?
In the centre of the circle is the remains of a cairn which was covered in grass with just the tops of some stones sticking out.
This is a great site to visit but access to the stone circles (other than the 'main' one) is difficult. Two however be clearly seen from the edge of the field which the 'main' circle stands in.
Posted by CARL
3rd June 2011ce

Cong is a small, historic town sited between the loughs Mask and Corrib, large bodies of water which restrict the approach to the mountains of Connemara from the east. Its principle claim to fame is the ruined 12th Century abbey, the building besieged by schoolboys as we arrive from Galway, thoughts of their heritage no doubt the last thing upon the minds of the little shites.... The other attraction is a ghastly, mock-medieval structure known as Ashford Castle. Hmm. Nothing here to satiate the megalithically minded then?

Appearances, of course, can be deceptive, for just a mile(ish) to the north-east sits as varied a four stone circle complex as you could wish for. Needless to say, without a map, or road sign of any description, we struggle to find the rings at first. But 'endure and perservere' has always been an unofficial Gladman motto.... and eventually the first of the quartet - the northern most, and coincidentally finest - comes into view. It is worth finding, being a variant recumbent circle, the recumbent and odd little flankers set on the northern arc of a ring enclosing the remains of a kerbed cairn. The setting is exquisite, too, the stones having been erected upon what would appear to be an artificial platform, overlooking a pasture from beneath a copse of trees. This, then, is the 'cared for' site for the occasional visitor.

The second site lies beyond the stone wall to the south. A large, embanked stone circle - the largest ring of the group - it is dishevelled, semi-derelict and overgrown, but nevertheless still possesses several large orthostats in situ. The visitor retains a perception of having a 'stolen moment' here; such experiences are, of course, often all the more sweeter and memorable because of their illegitimacy, whether actual or supposed. It is an evocative site, indeed.

The third stone circle, to the north east, is a ruinous cairn-circle of four surviving uprights. It is also engulfed by vegetation but well worth the calf graze I suffer climbing the dilapidated dry stone wall to get to it. Show sites have their place, but arguably these half-forgotten, hidden monuments offer more reward to the inquisitive.

The final circle of the group stands within the private grounds of Deanery Place, shrouded by yet more foliage. But unfortunately time has run out. Burl cites this as being a 'plain elipse' with a 'score of light-grey stones...'

Back in the car it's time to head into yonder mountains, well happy with a visit to perhaps the most neglected stone circle complex on the western coast?
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
20th March 2010ce
Edited 20th March 2010ce

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Glebe 4 (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Failed to find this one!
I was only able to find and visit 3 of the Glebe circles. I couldn't see this circle from the 'main' circle. Perhaps it was hidden behind the large conifer trees?
By now the rain was getting heavier and it was time to walk back to the car to the waiting Karen, Dafydd and Sophie – via the walls and barbed wire!
Posted by CARL
3rd June 2011ce

Glebe 3 (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

This circle was accessed from the 'main' circle by climbing over a wall and barbed wired fencing. There are a dozen or stones still standing with many fallen. The surrounding bank is about 0.5metres high. Not in great condition but certainly worth a visit. The fence was quite difficult to get over Posted by CARL
3rd June 2011ce

Glebe 2 (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

This circle required even more walls to climb over isn't as easy as it sounds due to the fragility of the walls. This circle appeared to stand on a raised platform and had trees growing in the middle. There were several large stones piled up next to the trees – from the circle itself? Posted by CARL
3rd June 2011ce

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