Derrynablaha, county Kerry

V 762 767 to V 767 776 - Sheet 78


The Derrynablaha rocks are to be found 1.5 km E of Lough Brin,
scattered over a wide area to the E and W of the road through the beautiful Ballaghabeama Gap,
and surrounding the only inhabited house (in 1975) for miles, are over 20 decorated rocks.
They are very difficult to find on the boulder-strewn hillside,
but perhaps the easiest to locate are those at V 762 774,
found by following the S branch of a stream from the bridge about 300 metres S of the abovementioned farmhouse,
then up the hillside for about 400 metres.


A prominent table-like rock a short distance south (left) of the stream - and visible from the road - is decorated with numerous cups and penannular rings and grooves. Beside it is a small rock whose vertical (W) face is decorated with the rare motif of cups and rings surrounded by a ring of small cups and a large indented ring, similar to those at Ormaig in the Kilmartin Valley of Argyll.

 


The photos below were taken 26 years later by Ian Thompson in January 2005.
The rod is one metre long.



The picturesque standing-stone at V 766 775.


also photographed by
Ken Williams.

 

The following pictures were taken in 2007 and 2008 by Ken Williams


V 764 767


V 76615 77599 (GPS)


V 76703 77430 (GPS)


V 76682 77408 (GPS)

 


Even if the engravings are difficult to distinguish amongst the lichen, the views are spectacular.


The pictures below (of the same rock) were taken in June 2009.


The petroglyphs at V 76144 77393 (GPS) photographed by Tom FourWinds in August 2009.


There are more petroglyphs nearby in the townland of

Derreeny.


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