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A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan

Part 2: Chapter 10: Kilfinaghta Parish: Ballysheen Beg Townland

6” O.S. Sheet number : 52 (Co. Clare)
Reference : this will be given for each of the stones individually
Height : on land c. 115’ O.D.

Description of stones:
In the immediate area of Walton Lodge, Ballysheen Beg Townland, the map represents five different standing stones. Great care must be taken when dealing with these. Why? On the drive up to Walton Lodge a crude altar type arrangement of large stones occur. This, I feel, was erected in the last century to decorate the driveway area. It is supposed to represent some type of stone tomb. Such a feature was erected by the Walton family.

Now, in relation to the concentration of five standing stones in such a small area. There is the strong possibility that these were likewise erected and are of no archaeological or historical interest. My view on the matter is that they are of late nineteenth century erection date.

As there is the possibility, but quite a remote one I feel, that such stones may be of archaeological – historical interest I give some information on their features:-

Stone 1: Co. Clare 6” sheet No. 52; Reference: 4.3 cm North; 9.9 cm West; at c. 110’ O.D.
Stone 2: Co. Clare 6” sheet No. 52; Reference: 10.8 cm West; 3.4 cm North; at c. 118’ O.D.
Field examination failed to find any trace of this stone during 1978. Checking locally I was told it had been knocked over by a tractor in the early 1970’s and removed from the field.
Stone 3: Co. Clare 6” sheet No. 52; Reference: 10.7 cm West; 2.7 cm North; at c. 120’ O.D.
Stone 4: Co. Clare 6” sheet No. 52; Reference: 10.5 cm West; 4.7 cm North; at c. 110’ O.D.