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Kenmare, Kerry, Republic of Ireland

This stone circle lies in the town of Kenmare, not far from the Cromwell Bridge, in County Kerry. Unlike any other ring in Muster, this one is egg shaped.

The Kenmare Stone Circle is the only egg shaped stone circle in Munster, measuring 17.4 x 15.8m. It lies in the town of Kenmare not far from the Cromwell Bridge, in County Kerry.

Such shapes are unusual, their design could be a late geometrical development. Locally known as 'the Shruberries', the Kenmare stone circle is probably the largest one in south west Ireland and it is composed by 15 heavy boulders, with 13 standing and two prostrate at the north. At the centre there is an impressive boulder burial with a giant capstone some two metres long, 1.8m wide and 0.8m thick. The weight of this capstone must be almost seven tons and at least 30 labourers would have been needed to drag it into position.