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“Don't bother to go -- you can't see it.”
Review of The Turoe Stone

Davis
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Don't bother to go -- you can't see it.”
Reviewed 9 July 2010

The Turoe Stone is a great treasure, but don't bother to go see it. The OPW has built a storage shed over it to "protect" it. The shed is locked, there is only one tiny window, and that window was smeared with mud from the inside when we were there. They don't open the shed to let you see it, and there is no light in the shed, so you can only peer through the muddy glass to know that there is probably a stone in there, but you certainly cannot see it.

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Santa Barbara
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 6 November 2008

The Turoe stone dates back from the 2nd or 1st Century B.C. and is covered with carved Celtic patterns. It was only mentioned in one of the Irish tour books I was using and seems to be an underrated historical site.

It's a bit tricky to get there. It's not far off the R350, but the roadsigns are small and easy to miss.

The stone is on the property of the Turoe Pet Farm, casually sitting out on a squishy, rain-soaked lawn. I has to ask someone where it was, as the government has thoughtfully covered the stone with a little house to protect it from erosion. Seeing the stone in person rather than a history book was fantastic! The patterns are beautiful. The only slight downside is you don't get the history, with no one manning the stone or written information.

The Turoe Pet farm is excellent as well. Powerfully but suprisingly pleasantly smelling of farm animals, it seems an adorable place for children to come to play with animals and in bouncers. The guy who runs the cafe there, with views of the stone, is very helpful and welcoming. Well worth the drive.

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