Kenmare Stone Circle

place and stone circle

Aged unknown

Commemorated on 1 plaque

Kenmare Stone Circle. This is the biggest stone circle in the south-west of Ireland, where about 100 examples occur. Stone circles were built during the Bronze age (2,200-500 BC) for ritual and ceremonial purposes. Some studies have indicated that they were orientated on certain solar and lunar events, such as the position of the sun on the horizon on a solstice. The Kenmare example may be orientated on the setting sun. In the centre of the circle is a type of burial monument known as a Boulder Burial. These are rarely found outside of south-western Ireland.

Market Street, Kenmare, Ireland where it sited