Visits For August, 2008

Sunday, 17th August 2008

A Day of Numbers and Surprises

At last I managed to get out and see some sites. The weather forecast for Donegal was (relatively) good and I had a list of excellent stuff to see. The early items on the list were rock art, including the incredible stone at Duncarbit and the monster panel at Mevagh. I also popped in to Mevagh church yard to try and find the panel there.

The rock art didn't end at the planned rock art panels. At two other sites I went two I also came across cup marks on the roofstones of two tombs. A bonus site was the remains of the monastery founded near to the supposed location of St. Comcille's birth. The actual place that is said to be his birthplace is actually a megalithic kist, and this one of the sites that had masses of cup marks on its displaced capstone.

The two panels at Mevagh were a pleasure to see. The one in the churchyard was a lovely surprise, because this looks as if it was reused as a gravestone at some time. The main Mevagh panel, although quite worn and overgrown, is amazing. There are so many motifs on so many faces of the outcrop.

It was great to get out, especially as this trip took me to site 2000. I drove over 1000km to see these sites: the roads between the sites kept taking me back through Letterkenny! The 'mileometer' on my car passed 50,000km as I approached site 2000. A day of big numbers and great sites. One of the best I've had for a long time.

Drumcarbit (Co. Donegal)Rock Art6 New Images
Mevagh Church Yard - Clontallagh (Co. Donegal)Rock Art4 New Images
Mevagh Church Yard - Clontallagh (Co. Donegal)Cross2 New Images
Mevagh (Co. Donegal)Rock Art19 New Images
St. Comcille's Abbey - Gartan (Co. Donegal)Church5 New Images
Gartan (Co. Donegal)Cross3 New Images
Gartan (Co. Donegal)Holy Well2 New Images
St. Colmcille's Birthplace - Lacknacoo (Co. Donegal)Kist7 New Images
Carrownaganonagh (Co. Donegal)Wedge Tomb7 New Images
Kilmonaster Middle (Co. Donegal)Passage Tomb3 New Images
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