Ireland’s tallest standing stoneĀ 

The Punchestown Long Stone is located near the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare. This national monument 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 dating from between 500-1500 BC. These stones have strong roots in Irish mythology and it was said that Fionn Mac Cumhall threw the stone to its present location from the Hill of Allen. The stone first appeared in a historical record mentioned by the chronicler Gerald of Wales in 1183.