Folk Tales & Legends, Sacred Sites & Ritual

An Cloich Cheann Fhaola – The Cloughaneely Stone

Cloughaneely Stone from the National Folklore collection

Cloich Cheann Fhaola, meaning “Stone of Feeley’s Head”, is a one tonne quartz boulder which sits on a circular stone pillar in the small Gaeltacht town of An Fál Carrach in County Donegal. The pillar was erected in 1774 by landed gentry Wibrants and Sarah Olphert of Ballyconnell House, where it once had a viewing platform circling the top. There are many stories around this stone from a severed head, festivals and political reform…

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