'Broadleas' : Stone Circle

TownlandNear Silver Hill
CountyKildare
Grid RefN 930 076
GPSN 92998 07550 (8m)
Longitude6° 36' 39.91" W
Latitude53° 6' 37.57" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymore Eustace (2.6 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th September 2001

This circle is made up of large unshaped boulders. It is situated in a cow field, which in this time of F&M prevented me from getting closer than 50m. Nestled on a small rise in the center of a valley, next to a side road junction this circle really offers nothing from a distance.



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Sunday, 18th November 2001

Revisited to show a friend, an attempt (successful) to visit four circles in a day ( The Piper's Stones (County Wicklow), Castleruddery Lower (County Wicklow), Boleycarrigeen (County Wicklow) & Broadleas). The field is clear of cows and the F&M notices gone, but I could not locate the landowner to get any closer ... next time maybe.

Sunday, 15th September 2002

Finally a chance to stop at this circle since the end of foot and mouth, and therefore a chance to actually get among the stones. It is truly huge! What's more it's not a circle but an oval. I am not sure where this puts one theory of it being a cairn kerb .

The circle is not complete, but sections to the east and west are continuous. The stones are all very large, one of which has a tree growing through the centre of it. It is comparable to nearby The Piper's Stones (County Wicklow) in size and style and I actually think this is nicer.

A cairn is a large pile of stones, quite often (but not always) containing a burial. Sometimes they have a kerb around the base.

Most cairns are hemi-spherical (like half a football), but the piles of stones used to cover wedge tombs, court tombs and portal tombs are also called cairns. When associated with these types of monument they are not always round, but sometimes rectangular or trapezoidal.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

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Friday, 27th September 2002

I counted them - 26 stones. I counted them again - 27 stones. Here we go I thought. I counted them again - 27 stones. I'll settle for that!

Saturday, 7th December 2002

On this trip both of us were struck by the feminine feel to the stones and the layout of this circle. I tried counting them and made Melissa try too - it took several attempts before we agreed on a number.

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Sunday, 17th July 2005

The grass in this field hadn't been cut yet in the field, nor had any cattle been in it for a long time, so the stones were almost hidden. Every time I manage to come back here (I don't report every isngle visit and often pop by if I'm passing) I am more and more endeared to this ring of stones.

The high hedgerows and trees that surround the field give a sense of mystery: why was it built here?

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Like this monument

Marked Sites

Directions

Follow the N81 south from Dublin , through Blessington. Take the R411 and then take the second left and then next right. The circle is in a field opposite some bungalows.

Miscellanea

Like many of the circles in the area this is known as the Piper's Stones.

Again like so many places the folklore tells that everytime you count the stones you alays get a different number.

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A Selection of Other Stone Circles

About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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