Cill Eilthín


Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: Yes


This irregularly-shaped boulder formerly lay on the strand at the base of the low cliffs that border the S side of Tralee Bay (see KE037-084----).

It is very likely that the stone may have fallen to this position from the land above due to erosion of this area by the sea.


The boulder is described by Cuppage (1986, 63, no.186) as measuring 1.05m x 0.94m x 0.35m in maximum thickness. The upper surface is divided roughly in two, along its E-W axis, by a combination of a natural ridge and a pocked line. Above this to S are about 36 cup-marks varying in diameter from 0.02 to 0.09m. At the W edge of this concentration are 2 parallel oval cups and a third less well-defined sub-oval depression. On the N portion of the stone the motifs are less densely distributed. They consist of at least 9 cup-marks and 2 parallel oval depressions from one of which a long groove extends W for 0.32m. The stone was moved to its present location in October 1997 (SMR file)

The above description is derived from J. Cuppage, Corca Dhuibhne. Dingle Peninsula archaeological survey. Ballyferriter. Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (1986), 63, no.186.

Updated by: Paul Walsh

Date of upload: 10 November 2014

On a level grass-covered road margin of N86 Castlegregory-Tralee road at Camp, to E of roadside car park (33m OD) and opposite Fitzgerald's public house (The Junction Bar).
An ex-situ stone moved from its original location (KE037-084----) on edge of Tralee Bay at Killelton (Corkaguiny By.) in October 1997 (SMR file). A smooth and fractured sandstone (dims. 0.98m WSW-ENE; 0.94m NNW-SSE; max. H 0.40m) with an irregular shaped, flat decorated surface (dims. 0.98m WSW-ENE; 0.94m NNW-SSE). The decorated surface is divided into two distinct areas by a natural ridge and a pocked line.
The motifs are clearly traceable and consist of approximately thirty eight cupmarks (diam. 3-8cm; D 3-9mm) concentrated to one side of the pocked line. The deepest cupmark (diam. 5.5cm; D 15mm) is located at the highest part of the decorated surface.
​​​​​​​Approximately nine cupmarks occur on the other side of the pocked line, along with two parallel oval depressions, one of which has a linear groove (L c. 0.3m) that extends to W.

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