We left home early the other morning to journey to the village of Ballaun. We wanted to see a stone, decorated with Continental Celtic designs, known as La Tène carving. Such pieces are very rare in Ireland.
Lunch was taken alongside Lough Rea on the outskirts of Loughrea town, where it rained constantly so consequently there are no photos.
After a false start with directions that Mrs H had copied from a web site, I suggested that herself made enquiries at a fuel depot. This was done and off we went, straight in through the gateway of the establishment where the Turoe Stone is sited.
I stayed in the car with Toby whilst herself took photos of the stone. Within a few minutes she returned with two ice creams and a look of disappointment on her face. The famous stone had been taken to Athenry for cleaning. A black mould had grown all over the stone so that the carvings were no longer discernible.
The ice creams were definitely not the best either so we were disappointed but at least the dog was happy.
Rather than return the way we’d come we took a different road home, one that put us on the western side of Slieve Aughty, a range of mountains that is shared between county Clare and Galway. Fortunately by then the weather had greatly improved and we could take in the scenery.
Driving along I noticed a ‘pile of stones’ so we stopped. When I hopped out of the car to explore further I discovered it was Cloghan Castle!
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Mrs H is mad keen on viewing sacred wells so our next distraction was Peterswell. Peterswell is confusing because it is also known as Kilthomas.
“Kilthomas is the name of both a civil parish and a Roman Catholic parish in South Co. Galway.
The RC parish of Kilthomas is also sometimes known as Peterswell or Peterswell/Kilthomas”
We didn’t see the well either but continued on, up and up, towards Hollymount until we ran out of tarmac. Here we found a place to park and take photos.
You can tell when you are up high, when the blades look
as if they are cropping the grass.
Lough Cutra and the continuing range of the Aughty Mountains
Our route off the Mountain took us to the townland of Ballycahalane and at a T junction
I spotted the 1916 - 2016 commemorative plaque to the Irish Volunteers of the Easter Rising and beyond.
The Liam Mellows Monument
A close up of the plaque.
For information about Liam Mellows please link
We shall be returning to explore the Slieve Aughty Mountains [Slíab Echtge] when skies are clearer. I hope to discover more of its’ historic sites and perhaps Mrs H will find her sacred well.