Back in 2002 my wife and I stopped at the nearby graveyard to find the ogham stone, which has now gone, so as soon as I pulled up in the lane I realised I'd been here before and had had no luck. We didn't try to get to the rock art though.
From the rear of the graveyard I could see a huge boulder by the far edge of the field behind it. I hoped this was the stone and went to the house to ask for permission. No one was home. There was no livestock in the field so I decided that, after coming so far, I would head across to it.
As I approached it got larger and larger. The boulder, once earthfast, is around 3.5m long, 1.5m tall and over 1m wide. The carvings cover most of the upper surface and showed up even without wetting them. Looking at the pictures maybe I should have wet them to make them stand out a bit more, but I'd left the water in the car (!).
Among the many cup-and-multiple-ring motifs there is one cup-ring-and-gutter design. In all I counted 8 large motifs and a couple fo smaller ones.
This is a lovely stone that should rate amongst the top Irish rock art. Sadly, it is obviously disappearing due to weathering.
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.