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Stepping stones

I was thinking about one of my favourite places today, and while for me it is the high moors, there are other things to see in Ilkley. As a child I used to love stepping off the train into the … 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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Kells…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** “Three’s are important,” she said. * And they are, so we can take it that ‘ol’ stubby’ from Killinaboy does not count in our tally of round towers. *** *** The brick … 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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