By Jim McCarthy
At the north eastern corner of Jack Murphy’s farm can be seen a large pillar stone which was known to older generations of local people as the Cloughan Dallaun. It is nine feet in height and roughly six feet in width. The area surrounding this pillar stone was used long ago as a burial place for still born babies.
As a schoolboy I often made a shortcut home by this stone. I remember one evening long ago I saw a man sitting on top of the pillar. At first I wondered at seeing somebody sitting up there but when I came closer I saw it was a man from the locality who did it as a joke when he saw us young lads approaching.
Around the year 1905, two men repairing a fence on Murphy’s farm close to the Cloughan Dallaun found a number of gold and silver coins. There were about 18 coins in all, one gold coin about the size of a soverign dated 1679. Another gold coin dated 1677, a siver coin about the size of a shilling dated 1604. One coin about the size of an old half crown, marked Elizabeth but undated. A number of coins were marked Carlos II 1677. The coins are now in the National Museum, Kildare St., Dublin.