The Cloch An Phoill is a large flat stone with a hole drilled through it about 25 cms in diameter and like the notice next to it says was probably a holed door slab to a wedge tomb. It is still a most inspiring stone. Like all holed stones there are many myths regarding its healing powers. With this one, any ailing child passed through the hole is supposed to be cured within 24 hours.
The stone itself is worth a visit if you are in the area, if only for the fact that not many holed entrance slabs remain. I personally love this stone and felt it had a lot of energy.
Myself, Abbey and Chris all took turns in sticking our heads through the hole. Too much Red Bull?
It's been so long since I visited this site and it's such a great and unusual thing. I have passed it quite often recently and not managed to stop, so today I made the effort. As well as needing to take a GPS reading I wanted to take some better photos.
From Tullow take the N81 south. The Cloch An Phoill lies in a field to the right of the first driveway on the left after the second right turn off out of town. There is a gap in the hedgerow to allow access.
"In the parish of Aghade, Co. Carlow, is a stone called Cloghafoyle, the 'Stone of the hole.'
It projects in a semi-recumbent position 7 feet 6 inches above ground, is 5 feet 8 inches in width, 1 foot 6 inches in its thickest part, and is pierced - nearly equally distant from the sides and top - with a round hole 11 1/2 inches in diameter. Formerly children were passed through this aperture, either as a cure for, or a preventative against, the malady called rickets."
Wakeman's Handbook of Irish Antiquities - 1903
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.