Category Archives: Ancestors

The Calling…

Because we had risen so early and wasted no time getting back on the road, we had several hours left before the ferry was to sail from Tarbert. We decided to use them seeing a little more of the island … Continue reading

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Sheela’s Mystery Solved?

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** Perhaps, like the ‘tomb raiders’ at Dowth, we are looking for treasures of the wrong kind, in the wrong place? *** She’s at the base of the stone on the right! *** … Continue reading

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Of kings and stone…

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** All roads lead to Tara as they say. * Or at least all the roads in Ireland. *** *** But like so much else that we have considered on this trip what … Continue reading

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Dowth…

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** The dowdiest of the three Boyne Monuments but, in some ways, the friendliest. * No time restrictions, no imminent threat of film-show dread, no waiting bus, full of chattering strangers… * Just … Continue reading

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Art and Function…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** The eastern entrance stone and the two standing stones in front of it are instrumental in recording the equinox. * No one knows what the ovoid shaped stone to the left is … Continue reading

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Knowth…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** Knowth gives us a relatively accurate picture of what Loughcrew might once have looked like… *** *** …With its large mound dedicated to the equinoxes and a whole host of satellites briefly … Continue reading

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‘Ch… Ch… Changes’…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** The entrance stone of New Grange. *** …It is easy to say, certainly, but less easy to say what is, in fact, happening with such changes in form. *** New Grange Gnomon-Stone. *** … Continue reading

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Bend it like the Boyne…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** The Whispering Spring *** “What did they say, oh, what did they say?” *** *** They said, “knowing these people, it would not be beyond the bounds of possibility that the ‘Bend in … Continue reading

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Loughcrew: Metempsychosis…

County Meath, Friday, 29th July 2022… *** ‘Cairn of the Cailleach’ and its satellites *** The apron or skirt-full of stones motif is associated with these sorts of sites in Ireland, England, Wales and Cornwall. * It is usually an … Continue reading

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Loughcrew: Corvids…

County Meath, Friday, 29th July 2022… *** *** These birds seem somehow aligned with the structure. *** *** And it is not just here. * They hang out at Castlerigg and Whiteleaf Cross Barrows too, amongst other megalithic sites… Continue … Continue reading

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