Saturday, 6 August 2016

Walk & Talk about Ancient rock carvings recently found in Portroe, Co. Tipperary

When: 26th August 2016 - 18.30 - 19.30
Where: Meet at Portroe National School, Portroe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary


"Ancient rock carvings recently found in Portroe, Co. Tipperary.- First of its kind discovered in Tipperary and place of “gatherings” for over 4,000 years."
This walk and talk departs from outside Portroe National School where we will walk through fields for approximately 800m to visit the megalithic complex of Lisheentyrone. Ground is typical agricultural land with uneven and muddy surfaces and so appropriate foot-wear is required. All attending the walk will be doing so at their own risk.
This complex includes a pair of standing stones, a bowl barrow and since 2014 a large horizontal stone panel of cup-marks. This is the first of its kind found in the mid-west region and all of Co. Tipperary. This rock-art, as it is known, dates to at least the bronze age or 4,000 years ago. It can be argued that it is of a similar tradition to the rock carvings on passage tombs such as Newgrange in Co. Meath. I will try and give a general outline of rock-art in Ireland, the interaction of this panel with its surroundings and also other instances that I was uncovered in North Tipperary. Lastly and most excitingly for me, where you find one example of rock-art there are often more to be found, so if everyone who attends keeps their eyes open when out and about in the locality, I am sure there is more of it out there to be found in the area. It is being held in conjunction with Ormond Historical Society & Portroe Gathering. Also our thanks to the landowners for the access to their lands.

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