Kilgowan Standing Stone or Long Stone is situated on a small mound just off the N9 near Kilcullen in Kildare. Its fortunate that the stone is still standing at all as gravel-quarrying next to it meant its existence was threatened in the 1980s. Dáil (Irish Parliament) records show Charles Haughey mentioning the damage to Kilgowan as a pressing issue while the National Monuments Amendment Bill was being prepared. In October 1986 two inhumation burials, a human skull and flagstones were uncovered during bulldozing. The stone measures 2.5 metres in height and is unusual as it has been Christianised with a cross cut into one face of it. Excavations at this site have come to the conclusion that there were Iron age and later Christian burials at this site. However the site has never been fully excavated and its intriguing to wonder if the burial mound is man-made or not, perhaps a passage tomb lies under the soil. As stated already this site is very close to a quarry and its best to approach it from the rear to avoid the attention of site security.
GPS: 53.07795, -6.76356