The stone circle at Castleruddery, Co. Wicklow

The stone circle at Castleruddery, Co. Wicklow was an important ceremonial centre constructed in the Late Bronze Age.

View of the entrance to the Castleruddery, Co. Wicklow stone circle.

Just 1km east of the N81 between Hollywood and Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow up a local road is the Castleruddery stone circle. The monument is on local highpoint and the River Slaney is at the end of the field to the south. The monument is sign-posted with a small parking area.

The Castleruddery monument is referred to as an embanked stone circle because it has an earthen bank with an internal facing of contiguous boulders, some upright and some on their sides and a possible outer facing of stones. The embanked circle encloses a circular area with a diameter of 30m. The entrance is on the south-east through a gap in the bank and between two large boulders. East of the entrance is a single standing stone. The stone circle is enclosed by two ditches that are not visible on the ground but are visible as cropmarks in aerial photography. These are a narrow ditch that defines an enclosure with a diameter of 50m and outside this a wide ditch 4-5m wide that appears to have two opposed openings. The Castleruddery stone circle has not been excavated but it is similar to the Grange stone circle at Lough Gur, Co. Limerick and probably also dates to the Late Bronze Age.

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GPS coordinates 53.003525,-6.63969

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