Visits For June, 2012

Sunday, 10th June 2012

Going Local Down in Kilmashogue

Last week I asked for suggestions of local places that I could visit that I'd never visited. As one person commented, this is a tough challenge. However, one of the suggestions was a stone I'd looked for many years ago, but had never found. When I found it today I found out why. I was told it was much further down the road it is on and opposite the old church, not the new one!

This piece of earth-fast rock has a rectangular hole in it, presumably it was a cross base. While I was in the area I simply had to go back to Kilmashogue (County Dublin). It's been over 10 years since I was last there and it's only just up the road.

It's good to have been out again. Hopefully, I will be able to gather some momentum and keep visiting a few sites a month over the summer.

The Wart Stone - Kilmashogue (Co. Dublin)Bullaun Stone4 New Images
Kilmashogue - Kilmashogue Hill (Co. Dublin)Wedge Tomb8 New Images

Sunday, 17th June 2012

A Loop Of The Blackstairs To See Some Rock-Art

What's this? Out to see sites two weeks in a row after such a long absence? Yes! A while ago I asked for ideas and my good friend Ken Williams suggested two of these places and told me how to find the third.

All three of the rock-art panels I visited today have been moved from their original location. Two if them were found built into field walls, while no-one is really sure where the third came from exactly. They are all fairly accessible - one is even signposted (well, sort of), although two are quite remote. One is right beside a busy road!

At the first site I got very lucky and arrived at the perfect time of day for the light to be striking the panel from the side. I wasn't so lucky at the other two as the weather started deteriorating. At least the rain held off until I was on my way home.

Knockroe (Co. Carlow)Rock ArtAwaiting New Images
Drannagh (Co. Carlow)Rock ArtAwaiting New Images
Coves Brook - Carnew (Co. Wicklow)Rock ArtAwaiting New Images
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