Mevagh : Rock Art

CountyDonegal
Grid RefC 121 397
GPSC 12125 39714 (3m)
Longitude7° 48' 34.35" W
Latitude55° 12' 15.68" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallycastle (1.5 Km)
OS Sheet2
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th August 2008

The farmer didn't seem too keen to let me down to this amazing site at first, saying that it was overgrown. After I asked to see it anyway he gave me directions - I knew there was still stuff to see here, because Ken Williams had visited it not too long ago.

The motifs occur on nearly every face of this large 10m x 2m outcrop. The main attraction is a remarkable rosette motif - a cup and ring desing with a ring of smaller cup and rings around it - that occupies a groundlevel spot on the east side of teh outcrop. Like nearly all the carvings this is very worn and quite difficult to make out until a little side flash is applied. Alongside the rosette there is a spiral with an curious tail coming off it.

Above the rosette there are many cup and ring designs on the upper surfaces of the outcrop. These are all very worn and difficult to see.

At the south end of the panel there is a wonderful cup and ring motif nestling against the fence. This is the clearest of the exposed designs and one has to wonder what lies beyond the fence under the grass. Near to this motif there is a large exposed area that is littered with clusters of very worn cup and ring designs.

This is an amazing piece of rock art that needs carefully maintaining and protecting. This should be a national monument.

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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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