Ballyvackey Stone Circle

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The stone circle of Ballyvackey (also Ballvackey - Irish Baile an Bhacaigh ) in County Cork in Ireland is a multiple stone circle of the Cork-Kerry series or an axial stone circle (ASC). It is in the flat pastures of the Fealge River Basin 4.7 km west of Clonakilty north of the R599 road.

The 52 multiple stone circles of Ireland (not the concentric ones ) sometimes deviate slightly towards the oval. The number of their stones (7 to 19) is mostly uneven. The circle diameter varies from four meters (with seven stones) to 17 m with 15 stones ( Kenmare ).

Ballyvackey is a good example of an axial stone circle (ASC) from the Cork-Kerry series . Seven of the original nine or eleven stones have survived, including a radial, not very high portal stone in the south and a broad, flat axial stone that is much whiter than the other stones. The stone height ranges from 0.9 to 1.5 m, the width from 1.6 to 0.7 m, whereby they are 0.5 to 0.3 m thick. The alignment of the axis is northeast-southwest with an internal distance between the portal and the "lying stone" of about 8.5 m. 50 meters to the north are a Boulder Burial and a Menhir ( engl. Standing Stone).


  • Seán Ó Nualláin: Stone Circles in Ireland. Country House Dublin, 1995, ISBN 0-946172-45-5 , pp. 35-43.
  • Denis Power: Archaeological inventory of County Cork, Volume 3: Mid Cork, 6435 P10. ColorBooks, 1997, ISBN 0-7076-4933-1 .
  • Aubrey Burl: A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995, pp. 218-219

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Coordinates: 51 ° 37'59.7 "  N , 8 ° 56'54.1"  W.