Boheh Stone

http://croaghpatrickknockheritagetrail.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cpht-pligrammage-161.jpg
Heritage, Pilgrammage

This Neolithic Art Carving, consisting of Cup and Ringmarks, is known locally as St. Patrick’s Chair. The large natural outcrop of rock is on the eastern approach to Croagh Patrick.

The Boheh stone is almost totally covered in carvings, consisting primarily of cupmarks, many enclosed by one or more circles, while there are also several patterns known as keyhole motifs – a style of art dating from the Bronze Age.

In 1991, local historian Gerry Bracken discovered a unique event now known as ‘The Rolling Sun’. Seen from the rock, the sun appears to set on the summit of Croagh Patrick and then proceeds to roll down the right hand (northern) slope of the mountain.

This event occurs biennially at the Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox, marking obviously important sowing and harvesting times of the prehistoric era.