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wicklore
2010-09-18 12:05:08
Re: The Nine Stones
Hi Dessie1. I found the following various explanations of the origin of The Nine Stones at:

http://www.muintir.ie/default.asp?com=muintircc&org=myshall&id=7&ACT=5&content=7&mnu=7

The Nine Stones

The true origin of a famous landmark known as ‘The Nine Stones’ is lost in antiquity.  The stones are probably of the early or pre-Christian era when nine was a mystical number being a trinity of trinities etc., but varying traditions mark it as: the final resting place of nine chieftains; a place where nine rebels were killed; the burial place of 1798 heroes killed by Yeomen returning from the battle of Newtownbarry (Bunclody); or the burial place of nine shepherds.  A custom in the old days was for those passing to place a small stone on the graves of those buried there. 

One of the more unusual stories about the legend of the Nine Stones was recorded in 1945 by an Irish Tourist Board survey which said St Moling, travelling hungrily on the road met a man who had a bag on his back.  The Saint asked the man if there was bread in the bag (which there was) but he replied ‘No! Stones’.  St Moling replied, ‘If stones may they be turned into bread and if bread may they be turned into stones’.  The man unburdened himself and the stones are there still!


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Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman 14 hours ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Track
Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka 14 hours ago.
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Summit Comment
Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka 14 hours ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

  
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Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka 15 hours ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
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Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka 15 hours ago.
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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

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marzka 16 hours ago.
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The look out post 3 years after my first visit.


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