As detailed in our Cookie Policy, like most sites Strolling Guides uses cookies to enhance your experience, and to share information about how you use our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Unless you disable cookies in your browser, using this website means you consent to this.

Ballycrovane

Location

Cork Map

OS Ref: V 652 530

Last Visited: 2010

The quay at Ballycrovane is surprisingly busy with several white-fish boats as well as the usual inshore ones. All the more surprising, since there are so few houses in the area.

It is also incredibly beautiful, despite the industrial activity and, judging by the number of antiquities in the area, has always been a place of some significance.

Ballycrovane Quay

Ballycrovane Quay

Ballycrovane Harbour

Ballycrovane Harbour


To add a comment on this page, click here.

Hag of Beara (An Chailleach Bhéarra)

Location

Cork Map

OS Ref: V 643 532

Last Visited: 2010

Hag of Beara

Hag of Beara

There is no denying that the strange grey stone, known as the Hag of Beara, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking Ballycrovane Bay looks distinctly odd.

Some of the Many Offerings

Some of the Many Offerings

What it does not look like is a the petrified body of a pre-Christian goddess turned to stone for stealing the prayer book of an early Christian saint (Naomh Caithighearn or Caitairin), just one of the many stories attached to this enigmatic character.

The hag is supposed to have had seven periods of youth and to have outlived each of the seven men she married. Her many off-spring spread far and wide carrying her name throughout Ireland and the west coast of Scotland.

To add a comment on this place or contents of this section, click here.

Kilcatherine Churchyard

Location

Cork Map

OS Ref: V 639 532

Last Visited: 2010

Kilcatherine Churchyard

Kilcatherine Churchyard

Kilcatherine Churchyard

Kilcatherine Churchyard

Kilcatherine Churchyard is probably named after Naomh (Saint) Caithighearn who, after a run in with the Hag of Beara, is said to have founded a nunnery on this nearby spot.

Perhaps it is just me being unobservant and it is common practice elsewhere, but all the graves to the east of the church had their headstones on the eastern end of the grave, whilst all those to the west faced the opposite way. Seemed odd.

To add a comment on this place or contents of this section, click here.

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone (Béal A'Chorraigh Bháin)

Location

Cork Map

OS Ref: V 656 529

Last Visited: 2010

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone

The first thing to say about the Ballycrovane Ogham Stone is that it does not look local. The very flat, finely grained, greenish stone is very different from the twisted, grey, gritty rocks that surround it.

Secondly, at 4.7m (15.5ft) high, it is very tall; the tallest in the world, according to some.

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone

Thirdly, it overlooks Ballycrovane Harbour, which may give a clue to its original purpose - some sort of day-mark or navigation aid.

Fourthly, it is inscribed in ogham 'MAQI DECCEDDAS AVI TURANIAS' which translates as "Son of Deich the descendant of Turainn" ("Mac Deich Uí Turainn"). This probably dates it to the early medieval period, although many believe it to be older.

And fifthly, the local land owner charges €2 for access to the site, but you do get an A4 sheet on Ogham Stones in return.

To add a comment on this place or contents of this section, click here.