Visits For July, 2007

Sunday, 29th July 2007

No Camping This Week, But some Nice Sites (And Some Missing Ones)

I have a small list of sites in County Waterford that I have yet to visit and a few that I want to revisit. The weather has done its best to stop me. To compound the problem work has been incredibly hectic, which is why I am so behind in updating images. I currently find myself away from home again. Away from my family stuck in a hotel room.

Last weekend I didn't write a blog for my trip, because I only got to see one thing and I've decided to keep that one for special mention in my next book - Monu-Mental About Prehistoric Waterford.

This weekend I only had Sunday to get away, so I decided I'd make it a good day by revisiting the sites in the southern part of the Coumeraglin complex and looking at some new sites dotted around the county: another day of long car journeys between monuments.

A few of the sites on my list are either gone or very well hidden. One of the sites I wouldn't have found if I hadn't met the farmer who told me that the lane I was on wasn't the one on the map, but a new one. He also told me that I was standing just 20m from the stones I was looking for! Rather embarassing considering that one of them is over 3m tall, but they were both covered in ivy and amongst trees.

I finished the day on Ardmore beach. I love it there. This weekend was Ardmore's pattern weekend, so it was rather busy. Despite the many people there the enormous stretch of beach was still almost empty. I was there to find a stone about which I'd read in some books from the 1800s. I might save this for my forthcoming book, too. I've not seen any reference to it in more recent books and Ardmore doesn't seem to make anything of it either. I had assumed that it must have disappeared, but I found it. Apparently, it's just the folklore of this stone that's been forgotten. How sad is that? Perhaps I can rekindle it.

Croagh (Co. Waterford)Stone Pair3 New Images
Killbarrymeaden (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone2 New Images
Crohaun (Co. Waterford)Cairn2 New Images
Coumeraglin (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone3 New Images
Coumaraglin SE - Henge (Co. Waterford)Henge2 New Images
Coumaraglin SE (Co. Waterford)Stone Circle2 New Images
Coumaraglin SE - Cairns (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone3 New Images
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