Punchestown Stone

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Name Punchestown Stone County Kildare Nearest Town Naas Access Road R410 About The Punchestown Standing Stone is located within the perimeter of Punchestown Racecourse, south of the town of Naas in County Kildare.


It is the largest of eight longstones in Co.
Kildare.


Made of granite it is nineteen and a half feet above ground and eleven feet in circumference.

A quarter of a mile to the west is another longstone, at Craddockstown.

A tradition associated with the stones is that the legendary Fionn MacCumhaill hurled them from the Hill of Allen.


There are two reasons given for this: one that it was part of a competition of strength, the other that he threw them at his wife who was in Punchestown! Another story relates that an attempt was made by a Viscount of Allen to move the Punchestown Stone to his mansion by yoking fourteen pairs of oxen by chains to the boulder.


This attempt to pull it from the ground caused it to lean at a dangerous angle.

In 1934 it was decided to re-erect the stone vertically.



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