The Standing Stone in Ballycastle in Co. Mayo

The 'Ogham' or standing stone in Doonfeeney cemetery, dating from the 5th century, is the second highest in Ireland.

In the 6th or 7th century this stone was 'christianised' by carving two crosses, one of which is a Maltese cross, on the face of the stone. The ogham inscription in the earliest known form of Irish writing is now unreadable.

This place is called Corheen Ban and is said to have been a hiding place for priests in penal times. The old church, in the old cemetery across from this one, dates as far back as 1198.

By Maeve Dunne