The two Gallans! No not the boys, the rocks!

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Where: Munster, Co Kerry, Ireland

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The title of this image from the amazing Irish Tourism Association Collection is "
Druids circle at Lissivigeen - The Two Gallans."
. At first sight one might think it was the two ruffians standing patiently for the work to be finished but no it would appear to relate to the stone's. What is the story?

Photographer: Irish Tourism Association Photographer

Collection: Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1942 - 1944

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 724 (Box IV)

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    • 24/Oct/2022 07:14:34

    Still there in 2008 via[email protected]/[email protected]/3018245861/ "A stone circle found behind the Lissivigeen standing stones." I think the two standing stones are behind the camera...

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    • 24/Oct/2022 07:25:58

    More information and photos here - I'm wondering if these photos from the 1940s Irish Tourism Association had a strong connection with the 1930s Dúchas Schools Folklore Collection ??

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    • 24/Oct/2022 07:37:33

    The 'ruffian' on the left 'spent a penny' near the two standing stones! -

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    • 24/Oct/2022 09:40:24[email protected]/ Have you ever seen such a shy bunch of kids?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Oct/2022 10:01:28

    Stone circle and Gallauns marked on the 1830s 6" and 1900ish 25" OSI maps.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Oct/2022 10:05:31

    Per the NIAH: Class: Stone circle - embanked Townland: LISSYVIGGEEN Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: Yes Description: In undulating pasture, with views W to Killarney and Macgillycuddy's Reeks. This stone circle (int. diam. c. 4m) lies in the centre of an earthen enclosure (int. diam. c. 20m) . The stone circle, which is comprised of seven stones (L 0.5-1.2m; T 0.4-1m; H 0.9-1.2m), was regarded by Ó Nualláin as typical of the Cork-Kerry series, with the stones decreasing in height as they appraoch the axial stone at SW. A recent interpretation by O'Brien, however, concluded that the identification of the axial stone and the associated orientation are open to question. The enclosure is defined by an earthen bank (Wth 3.4m; int. H 1m; ext. H 0.8m), partially obscured by trees and bushes, and has breaks at NE and SW. A limited excavation in 1998 revealed the presence of a steep-sided fosse (Wth 3m at top, 1m at base; D 2.5m) directly inside the enclosing bank and also confirmed that the enclosure is prehistoric in date. A standing stone-pair is c. 14m to the S.

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    • 24/Oct/2022 17:16:27

    The site may appear remote but recently came under threat from a proposed nearby building develoent

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    • 25/Oct/2022 20:04:00

    What a wonderful photo reminds me, of my family.