The Craddockstown West Longstone is a national monument and is located facing the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in co.Kildare. It is hugely elegant and stands 15 feet high. There are a number of Long Stones in Kildare and it was long thought that these might be boundary markers or scratching posts for animals. It was however discovered that these were ancient burial chambers that date somewhere between the late Bronze Age and the Iron Age ( 1500 b.c – 500 b.c). for the most important members of the ancient clans. This was confirmed when the nearby ‘Punchestown Longstone’ toppled over in 1933 exposing cremated bones and grave goods that probably belonged to the local chieftain.