Visits For October, 2007

Saturday, 27th October 2007

Rain Doesn't Stop Play in Donegal

The day started out with a list of bullaun stones in Donegal and the intention of visiting them and then heading for Inishowen and seeing some rock art. The bullaun-stone-visiting part of the day didn't go exactly to plan. In fact, the only bullaun stone I saw wasn't actually on the list!

I started off with one of the few portal tombs I haven't visited yet and then headed north for Inishowen. After finding some very worn rock art and some not-so-very worn rock art, I got into conversation with a man, Desi McCillion, on the shores of Lough Fada. It turns out that he was a local history buff, so the conversation carried on for some time. He didn't know of the one stone I had located, so I showed him where that is and he told me of some nice sites, including a Christianised bullaun stone. This went straight on my list. Sadly, he also informed me that one of the people I was trying to track down, Conell Byrne, had passed away this year. Now, I never knew him, but everywhere I went in the eare looking for information his name drew instant recognition. He was a very well respected man in these parts. He had a wealth of local history knowledge, but sadly much of that is lost, because it was mainly kept in his head. Although not well-known outside of Inishowen, I feel I must mention his passing and what a loss it is to us all.

Anyway, after my conversation with Desi I set off to see a few sites from my original list and a few sites that he had told me about. I finally arrived on Doagh Isle in the pouring rain. It was lashing down. In a break in the weather I headed into the fields with some GPS coords provided by Ken Williams. The panels were still on display and they are still beautiful! There is masses of rock art on Doagh Isle and a lot of it is unique to the area. I then found two other panels nearby, but these are very worn. Then the rain started up again and I got soaked desperately trying to find one beautiful panel that I had an illustration of, but all I got is wet ... very wet!

All-in-all it was a good day. Some tombs, a stone circle, some high crosses, a bullaun stone and several rock art panels. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad and the light so weird that not many of the photos of the worn rock art panels turned out. I will post them and I'll mark where the motifs are, but with some of them you'll just have to take my word for it ... or, even better, go out and see them for yourself.

Cloghroe (Co. Donegal)Portal Tomb6 New Images
Meendoran (Co. Donegal)Rock Art2 New Images
Meendoran (Co. Donegal)Rock Art2 New Images
Bocan (Co. Donegal)Stone Circle4 New Images
Knockergrana (Co. Donegal)Court Tomb5 New Images
Claggan (Co. Donegal)Church2 New Images
Clonca (Co. Donegal)Cross4 New Images
Carrowmore (Co. Donegal)High Cross2 New Images
Carrowmore (Co. Donegal)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
Carrowmore (Co. Donegal)High Cross2 New Images
Carrowreagh (Co. Donegal)Cross-Inscribed Stone2 New Images
Magheranaul (Co. Donegal)Rock Art3 New Images
Magheranaul (Co. Donegal)Rock Art3 New Images
Magheranaul (Co. Donegal)Standing Stone2 New Images
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