Mounting Block

Mounting Block
Eric Shaw
Mounting Block

Bloc Gléasta

Mounting Block

These stone steps were used for mounting  or dismounting a horse or coach. The mounting-block is perhaps the only one of its kind in Ireland.  It could be 200 years old, with shallow steps and a concave face on the top step. The block originally stood on the Main Street. Locals refer to it as the ‘Bianconi Stone’ as Clarecastle was a staging post for the Bianconi stage-coaches that operated in Ireland between c.1820 and 1860.

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