'Boa Island Figures' : Carved Figure

TownlandBoa Island
Grid RefH 085 622
Longitude7° 52' 7.55" W
Latitude54° 30' 29.01" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBelleek (14.5 Km)
OS Sheet17
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 4th May 2002

I have wanted to see these figures since I first heard of them and saw the photos. There are two carved figures here - the smaller one is known as Lusty Man (not because of lustful intentions but because he originally came from Lusty More Island) and the larger figure is a wonderful Janus style one.

This larger figure is almost certainly a pagan image with a female figure one side and a male on the other.

We came here quite late in the day and the light was not too good for photographing these. Anthony recommends closer to 1pm so that both sides are lit from one side.

Also in the grave yard is a small megalith and a broken basin stone.

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Sunday, 7th September 2003

As we arrived a German couple were just parking up. So we all played stand back politely while everyone takes photos until they left.

I was greatly surprised to see another stone leaning against the Janus figure. This stone seems to be the base of a figure with just big hands wrapping around either side. I don't know what it could have been, but it's unusual.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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