Lankill Standing Stone

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Heritage

This standing stone is 7ft high. On the west face is a cross with a V-shaped ornament beneath it, and on the east face is a cross and four concentric circles; the stone possibly dates to the Bronze Age period but was Christianised at some later time.

The area boasts a cultivated woodland of native oaks, a bronze age standing stone, a penal mass rock, a monastic settlement and burial chamber. The name Lankill itself is translated into Irish as Lainn Cille (Land of the Church).

Joyce, in his Names of Places, said ‘The word Lann is Irish but in its ecclesiastical application it was borrowed from Welsh. The purpose of standing stones is unclear; some are thought to be boundary/territorial markers, ritual or ceremonial sites, possible burial sites or part of an astrological alignment.