and now this is the sign ...
The change-around of Lassiar's (Lasir's) Well appears to be part of a local initiative to upgrade Keadue Village and nearby 'attractions' to help it win the national Tidy Towns award again. Regarding this well, I think they have gone too far.
I will go through the components and where they are now.
Most important, perhaps, is the Ballaun Stone, which used to be positioned like this ...
That bridge is cut in a way that is distinctly stone cut with stone tools, and seemingly a broken capstone from one of the nearby 4000 to 5000 year old cairns, and put to new use. Here is a better pic of that ...
Doing this has also shut off is the stream from Lough Meelagh that the Priest would have taken to the Mass Rock, that I will show you shortly. Priests always approached these mass rocks by water during Penal Times so that their footprints could not be followed.
Do the people handling this well 'improvement (?)' know anything about what they are handling? As for the Ballaun Stone, this is sad.
Last time I was there it was sitting on the new stone wall of the well ready to be positioned elsewhere.
Well that was put onto the Mass Rock, as a Cursing Stone, a long time ago.
Here's how it was ...
This is how it is today ...
Also note that the table of this Mass Rock is carved by stone tools on a stone, so this is probably part of the same ancient capstone as the covered over bridge.
As for the White Plaque celebrating the visit to Ireland by Pope John Paul, that has its own display area now ...
Also gone is the welcoming Marian figurine ...
Rag trees are gone, though no specific tree was really used for some time.
The original Rag Tree was an Ash by the well, which was cut down about 15 years ago, I believe. Now the remains of that Ash has been uprooted and left there, as has the triangular stone with a cross that used to be in front of it. Here's where they are currently dumped, tree on the top left and cross stone towards top right, though quite small ...
Lets move on elsewhere around the Keadue area.
Across from the Well is the remains of the Kilronan Abbey, cemetery
and O'Carolan's Grave.
Not much has changed here except access seems to be trickier and the cemetery is not as well kept. A lot has overgrown.
The original sign to Turlough O'Carolan's Grave is still present
who were patrons of O'Carolan and who themselves have
a deep ancient ancestral history of being Bards to Gaelic chieftains.
Out of the cemetery and a few metres west is the Gate House, or what we call the Fairy House
A lot of new signage has been put up here around the car park and through the woods. I hope the vandals keep away.
within these woods.
and replaced with a Bog Oak sculpture.
The picnic tables in the woods have been re-furbished
We do have a Bards In The Woods here first Saturday in August, 2nd August 2014, and we would like to make it a fringe to the O'Carolan Harp Festival going on the same weekend ... that has NO public harp concerts !!! - just Rebel Songs bands.
but also bring your harp or harper, if you have any.
Click here for the O'Carolan Bards In The Woods Event info here
The Picnic WILL be with sight of this Crannog in the Lough here ...
reviewed and responded to Turlough O'Carolan's new compositions.
I will tell you the story when you meet with us there :-)
Again, click here for the O'Carolan Bards In The Woods Event info here