Kealkill Stone Circle
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Kealkill (Irish: An Chaolchoill) is a small village in County Cork, Ireland, located 10.3 kilometres from Bantry and 75.8 kilometres from Cork City. Its amenities include a church, a shop, a school, a community playgroup, two public houses and a GAA club (St. Colum's).
Kealkill stone circle is an archaeological site with a very small 5-stone recumbent stone circle, a pair of outlier standing stones, and the remains of a radial stone cairn. The circle is unusual in that the recumbent stone is taller than the other stones and is positioned at the north-east of the circle. In most Irish recumbent stone circles, the recumbent stone is lower than the other stones and is at the south-west side. Breeny More Stone Circle also stands nearby, while Maughanasilly Stone Row is in the hills to the north. Visitors to the circle can view Bantry Bay to the west, Cnoc Baoi to the north and the Sheha Hills to the east.
Notable residents and events
- Rowland Robert Teape Davis - b. 1807, advocate of Catholic emancipation, Oddfellow and New Zealand working class agitator.
- Alan O'Connor, Cork senior footballer and All-Ireland Senior football winner in 2010.
- On Wednesday the 19th of April 1922, the first fatalities of the Irish Civil War occurred in Kealkill when two soldiers of the Republican IRA (Anti Treaty) army were killed, Volunteers Kelly and Cronin, both from nearby Bantry.
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