Visits For November, 2007

Saturday, 3rd November 2007

Carlow Rock Art Hunt

A recent talk by Chris Corlett unleashed the presence of a lot of rock art in Carlow and Wicklow. Sadly, the exact locations of the many new stones was not given, so the hunt begins!

These short days don't really help, especially when you don't start out until after lunch. This severely limited the amount of tracking down that could be done. Thinking that I might not find any of the new stone I first went to Rathgeran Lower (County Carlow). I am so happy that I did, because the lighting was absolutely perfect!

One of the stones on the list is also in Rathgeran townland, but it's a big townland. All that was known is that it is in a field wall. I spent a good hour looking around the walls close to the above stone without luck. Eventually, after much door knocking, I found out which farm it is on. Then I managed to find the farm and the farmer was very, very helpful. I took some good pictures using the Ken Willaims side-flash method and then the batteries in both my flashes ran out. Great planning! Soon afterwards, Ken himself turned up and took some even better ones.

While Ken was taking his shots the farmer drove me to a nearby field to show me another stone he'd uncovered a few months ago. This is unlike the other rock art in the area and is a valuable addition to the stuff found within sight of Mount Leinster.

Rathgeran Lower (Co. Carlow)Rock Art5 New Images
Rathgeran Upper (Co. Carlow)Rock Art2 New Images
Rathgeran Upper (Co. Carlow)Rock Art1 New Image

Sunday, 4th November 2007

Carlow Rock Art Hunt - part 2

I had planned to go to Clare today. However, when I woke up I didn't feel like getting up, so I didn't. When I eventually did so I decided to join Ken again in Carlow. I arrived about lunch time and started asking around for information about one rock art panel, but even the oldest farmer in the townland couldn't help me. I then tried to ring Ken to see where he was, but was somewhat hindered due to the fact that I'd left my mobile phone at home!

I then went to Spa Hill to see Peter Rose, who is the gardian of a very beautiful carved stone. I managed to take some better pictures of this and he showed me 3 other panels on his land. These are not in the same league as the 'proper' Spa Hill stone, but they are tempting pointers to the volume of rock art in the area. Peter is always on the look out for new panels, so don't think it will be too long before more come to light. As I couldn't contact Ken I decided to head home. When I rang to tell him why I hadn't been in contact he told me that he'd been to see one panel that is supposed to be in the National Museum, but is still in situ. I hope to go and see it next Saturday.

Spahill 2 (Co. Carlow)Rock Art2 New Images
Spahill House (Co. Carlow)Rock Art2 New Images
Spahill 3 (Co. Carlow)Rock Art2 New Images
Spahill 4 (Co. Carlow)Rock Art2 New Images
Ardristan (Co. Carlow)Standing Stone4 New Images

Sunday, 11th November 2007

West Of Roundwood

I started the day with a list of Wicklow bullauns and rock art panels. The trek to the first site took me into the valley to the northeast of Lough Dan, along a popular walk to the Lough. What a beautiful place! I could certainly live there. The walk back to the top of the valley was eased greatly when I stopped to watch two herds of deer, each accompanied by an antlered stag grazing in the valley below. It's too late in the year for the rutt, but I'll be back here next autumn to see if I can witness the spectacle. I also spotted what I think are the remains an unrecorded kerbed cairn in the valley bottom.

From there I headed to the other side of Lough Dan to track down two panels and a bullaun stone. I only managed to find one of the panels. I didn't find the bullaun, because I entered the wrong grid ref into my GPS. Silly!

Then it was south to Drummin townland to look for some other rock art panels and bullauns. Again I managed to find one cup-marked stone.

After that I met up with Ken Williams to visit Drummin (County Wicklow) to take some side-lit shots to try and hilight the very worn markings. The motifs have faded even more since my last visit, but the side flash worked - as always it worked better for Ken than it did for me!

I left Ken taking pictures of that stone (complete with posing cat) and wandered into the next field, where I located a cup-marked stone that actually proved to be a proper rock art panel, because two of the cups have a single ring around them.

Despite not finding everything, it was a great day. I really do love that part of the country and feel lucky that it's so close to home.

Cloghoge (Co. Wicklow)Bullaun Stone4 New Images
Cloghoge (Co. Wicklow)Cairn1 New Image
Carrigeenshinnagh (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art3 New Images
Drummin III (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art2 New Images
Drummin (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art3 New Images
Carrigeenshinnagh (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art3 New Images

Sunday, 18th November 2007

Very Wet In The Kingdom

I keep being drawn back to Derrynablaha in County Kerry. There's something special about a valley with nearly 40 rock art panels dotted around it (although some of these are actually in the neighbouring townland.) After locating grid references for many of the panels myself and Ken Williams decided to head down there again and see what we could find. Although we both saw to panels that one of us hadn't been to before there was only one panel that was new to both of us. Ken took me to a couple of panels that he'd found previously and we went back to a couple that I have found before.

We didn't manage to get across the valley into the next townland, because the river was too swollen to cross and it was getting too late to drive around to the other side. Another trip to see these is definitely on the cards though, but perhaps this should be left until the Spring when the days are long enough to fit more in.

Some of the stones we failed to find may actually be there still. I had a little mishap loading my GPS from my PC and I think some of the coordinates got messed up. This has prompted me to order a new GPS with some extra features and some proper software to load it up with.

Despite getting very, very wet in the frequent rain storms it was a good day. I got to try out some of the things I have learned about my flash setup, but I still haven't got it sussed properly: for a start I need to learn to be more patient and allow the flashes to recharge properly between shots!

Derrynablaha (Co. Kerry)Rock Art2 New Images
Derrynablaha 4 (Co. Kerry)Rock Art2 New Images
Derrynablaha 11 (Co. Kerry)Rock Art5 New Images
Derrynablaha (Co. Kerry)Standing Stone2 New Images
Derrynablaha 13 (Co. Kerry)Rock Art3 New Images
Derrynablaha 7 (Co. Kerry)Rock Art2 New Images

Sunday, 25th November 2007

Carlow Cut Short

Once again the weather forecast dictated where I headed for, today. The west was not looking good, so Carlow seemed like a good idea. I abandoned the plans for my Clare trip and headed south with a list of bullaun stones and some more rock art panels to see.

I managed a handful of sites when I had news that my youngest daughter's snake, Raspberry, was not well, so I turned around and headed home to take it to the vets. Sadly, the poor little thing died before I got back. This prompted a trip into town to get a replacement to ease the sorrow. R.I.P Raspberry!

The sites I did get to were rather varied in quality. A massive bullaun and the beautiful rock art panel at Knockbrack were preceded by a small, broken bullaun.

Knocklisheen Beg (Co. Carlow)Church2 New Images
Knocklisheen Beg (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
Knockbrack (Co. Carlow)Rock Art4 New Images
Carnavane Well - Ballinvally (Co. Carlow)Holy Well4 New Images
Huntington (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
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