This panel has been beckoning myself and Ken Williams for some time now. Chris Corlett included it in his talk on Carlow & Wicklow rock art a while back and the photo looked great. Having got hold of the grid ref we finally managed to set off up the hill today, which wasn't too bad as a track leads up the other side of the river making the climb easy. Even more amazingly the grid ref we had was only 14m out and we walked right up to the stone.
The panel is very nice and the 1.9km walk from the road is worth making. There is a cupmark with four rings and a gutter, two or three cupmarks with one ring and some solo cupmarks. The stone itself is low lying and difficult to see until you are close by.
This is officially Leinster's highest piece of rock art ... until now that is, because I discovered another panel 10m further up the hill, just 50m from this panel (see sub-site). I am sure that there is a lot more around here, but many of the larger rocks are covered in peat, so finding them will be tricky.
Click Thumbnail to View Full Size Image
Walking to this site is a pleasure. Walking up the valley towards Mount Leinster in fine weather is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. However, the stream was very swollen due to recent rains and the ground was very boggy and wet feet were the order of the day. To add to the wet feet discomfort the sun was very bright today and washed out the designs, rendering side-flash techniques almost useless.
The bonus of the weather being so good was that the view to Brandon Mountain was totally clear.
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.