Standing stone at Lankill near Aughagower

Regarding the heritage of the place called Lankill, John Keville in his (1982) work Aughagower, writes that the “Lankill townland is immediately east of Lanmore, and about three miles by road from Aughagower. As its ancient remains show, it was a place of some importance perhaps more than a thousand years before St. Patrick, and it was certainly a place of importance for centuries after his time.”

When going at little bit past the Killeen at Lankill, the fields open up as there is a break in the forestry. At this point lies a standing stone, one probably placed there by a local chieftain to mark his territory. It is quite ancient really—most likely dating back to the Bronze Age, at a time when standing stones were erected (Michigan State University, 2009). Leo Morahan says in his (2001) work Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo: archaeology, landscape and people that “it is not known when the practice of erecting standing stones discontinued.” However, it is also true that not all standing stones are known to mark territory. Some have been erected to mark burial sites or they may have been used for a ceremonial or ritualistic purpose. On the standing stone at Lankill, there is inscribed a cross—which might indicate that it was later Christianized, even though the original stone was prehistoric (Michigan State University, 2009) .


  1. Corlett, C. (2001). Antiquities of west Mayo. Bray, Co. Wicklow: Wordwell Ltd. P 45.

  2. Keville, J. (1982). Aughagower. Cathair na Mart: Journal of the Westport Historical Society, Vol. 2 no. 1. (print).

  3. Michigan State University, Study Abroad Programme. (2009). Standing stone. Internal Report: Folder 3, Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail—Clogher Environmental Group Ltd. Unpublished.

  4. Morahan, Leo. (2001). Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo—archaeology, landscape, and people. Westport: The Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee, p 41.