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Ballaun Stones

A 'ballaun' is a deep hemispherical cup hollowed out of a rock, a ballaun stone refers to the rock itself. Generally thought to date to the Bronze Age; their original purpose is unknown. Later they became assimilated into Christian practices where stones would be turned in the ballauns whilst praying, or cursing!

Kilmalkedar Ballaun Stone

 

Kilmalkedar
County Kerry
The Republic of Ireland

 

(Ref. Sheet 70, Q401 063)