Visits For January, 2006

Sunday, 1st January 2006

Happy New Year

I couldn't resist going out today, but I didn't get to everywhere I'd originally planned to visit. I wanted to climb Tonduff Mountain in the Wicklows, but the weather was just to rotten. Not to worry, I did see some new stuff to start 2006 with.

I must, once again, comment on people leaving trash ... sorry ... offerings at ancient sites. Idiots! Part of my journey took me to Athgreany stone circle where I found a load of wreaths and other nonsense left in the centre of the circle. Apart from the biodegradable rubbish there was also a metal tealight case. For some unfathomable reason there was also a sea shell. A sea shell????

Whoever you are, feel free to have your rituals, but please, please clear up after yourself and don't leave sites in a mess for others. It's very simple - take a bag with you and take your crap home.

Athgreany (Co. Wicklow)Rath3 New Images
Athgreany (Co. Wicklow)Standing Stone4 New Images
The Piper's Stones - Athgreany (Co. Wicklow)Stone Circle4 New Images
Ballymaice - Knockanvinidee Hill (Co. Dublin)Passage Tomb5 New Images

Sunday, 8th January 2006

Missing the cold

Today was bitterly cold and many of the roads were slick with black ice. Luckily the road from Dublin to Omagh, via Monaghan, was free of ice.

The aim of today was (once again) to see much more than I did, but fear not! I saw some great sites and returned to Beaghmore once again. It's hard to stay away when you're close by. Once again I attempted to find the stone circles at Copney, Co. Tyrone, with no luck. The stones are very small and the grass & heather is very tall. Unless someone sends me an accurate GPS reading for them I shall give up on these. So, if you know where they are please, please let me know or offer to show me. I did find some stones on the hillside, but not the main cluster of circles.

Despite this minor disappointment, some of my passion was rekindled today too. Great news! After much calling at farms I eventually found the way through to a little-visited portal tomb and it's a stunner. I really was begining to think that I'd seen the best of the best, but I haven't - there's still good stuff out there waiting to be visited and added to this website.

Moymore (Co. Tyrone)Stone Circle8 New Images
Murnells (Co. Tyrone)Portal Tomb12 New Images
Murnells (Co. Tyrone)Cairn1 New Image
Killucan (Co. Tyrone)Court Tomb3 New Images
Beaghmore (Co. Tyrone)Stone Circle19 New Images
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