This national monument is the impressive Punchestown Longstone. It is the tallest and one of the most graceful examples in Ireland standing at 22 feet high. It is difficult to establish the age of standing stones as many were actually erected a few hundred years ago as scratching posts for cattle and sheep. This one, however, collapsed in 1930 revealing a stone cist that contained cremated bones, identifying it as a Bronze Age burial site. Theses stones have strong roots in Irish mythology and it was said that Fionn MacCumhall threw the stone to its present location from Allen hill. The stone first appears in a historical record mentioned by the chronicler Gerald of Wales in 1183.

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