THE longtime neglect of one of the most significant examples of rock art in the UK and Ireland, the Boheh Stone, will be the subject of a public meeting on Monday next, May 20. Organised by the Friends of the Boheh Stone, the meeting will explore the options for the conservation and development of the site located off the Leenane Road and on the Tóchar Phádraig pilgrim path from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick.
The Mayo News understands that the group has been in touch with Mayo County Council and plans to meet officials beforehand to identify streams of funding for the Neolithic monument and the ancillary site, which is owned by Mayo County Council.
Designated a National Monument, the late historian Gerry Bracken captured the phenomenon of the sun rolling down the side of Croagh Patrick, from the elevated vantage of the site, in 1991. It is believed that the the rock has some 250 petroglyphs or carvings on its surface depicting the phenomenon, which occurs twice a year in April and August.
Next Monday’s meeting, which will be held in The Sheebeen, at Rosbeg, Westport at 10pm, will examine how to implement key priorities. They include: an archaeological excavation and survey of the site; the securing the Boheh Stone with a protective structure; clean-up and development of the site; upgrade of entrance pathway; the clear commitment from Mayo County Council and other relevant public bodies about a defined timescale for key works.