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 Stone||4 New Images|
|Kilmashogue - Kilmashogue Hill (Co. Dublin)||Wedge Tomb||8 New Images|
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 Art||Awaiting New Images|
|Drannagh (Co. Carlow)||Rock Art||Awaiting New Images|
|Coves Brook - Carnew (Co. Wicklow)||Rock Art||Awaiting New Images|