Staigue Bridge : Rock Art

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 608 620
GPSV 60845 61985 (7m)
Longitude10° 1' 1.91" W
Latitude51° 47' 34.71" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCaherdaniel (6.2 Km)
OS Sheets83, 84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th January 2005

Spotting this site is quite easy. Reaching it is a little more tricky. If you park at Staigue Bridge (where the road to the fort bends left and The Kerry Way continues up a track over the bridge) and look through the hedgerow away from the road you will see the rocky outcrop about 150m in front of you. To reach it go to the far side of the bridge and walk down the side of it, jump the stream, climb over the fence and wall and walk to the rock. The carvings are on the very top at the far side.

The surface is split into three sections by two parallel natural cracks that run across it. The area between these is carved and the section to the south has some markings on it. The motifs here are unusual variations on quite common themes.

They mainly consist of cups with single rings around them, for instance, one of the rings is massive: around 40cm across with a single cup at its centre. The central panel has a group of cup and ring motifs but there is a straight line joining some of them making a flower-like design.

This is a beautiful piece of art, which seems able to touch you inside - a common link formed by the flower-like pattern that perhaps is missing from other, more abstract seeming rock art. If you go to Staigue Fort then try and stop off and see this slab. You won't be disappointed and, to be brutally honest, this is far more interesting than the cashel up the road!

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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