Visits For October, 2007

Sunday, 7th October 2007

Rock Scribings In County Louth

The day started off with lots of fog, so I didn't hold out much hope for my search for rock art in County Louth. Luckily, as soon as I'd cleared Dublin the fog cleared, too. Since the M1 tore its way through Meath and Louth I haven't driven around the back roads much, so it was quite a pleasure to get out and about properly.

I had intended to head right up as far as Carlingford, but I was frankly too tired after rooting out the three rock art panels I did manage to find. One panel eluded me, so I presume that the Drumcah panel has become overgrown. On the way back I stopped off at Rathiddy standing stone, which poeticaly had a crow standing on its top as I approached.

My trip started with a visit to check out the amazing looking chambered cairn at Fieldstown, but both of the cairns there are now gorse covered. Again, an important prehistoric site has been allowed to become hidden and the roots of the gorse bushes can only be doing harm. This monument should be cleared and should be made a National Monument.

Fieldstown (Co. Louth)Chambered Cairn1 New Image
Fieldstown (Co. Louth)Cairn2 New Images
Drumgonnelly (Co. Louth)Rock Art7 New Images
Drumsinnot (Co. Louth)Rock Art4 New Images
Cortial (Co. Louth)Rock Art3 New Images
Cuchulain's Stone - Rathiddy (Co. Louth)Standing Stone6 New Images
Tullagee (Co. Louth)Rock Art2 New Images
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