Ogham Tree Teaching Stone (Post 1)

Last year Martin Lyttle was asked to write in a proposal for an “Ogham Stone sculpture” for Blackstairs Eco Trails, in Killedmond near Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland.  This commission is supported by Bord Failte (the Irish Tourist Board) who are currently promoting the ancient history of the east of Ireland www.IrelandsAncientEast.com  (this follows the very successful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ that celebrates the West of Ireland).

The proposal was to place a  Ogham standing stone sculpture along the route of the Blackstairs EcoTrails “Celtic Tree walk” at Killedmond, and depict  each  letter of the Ogham alphabet that corresponds to a native Irish tree. Many letters in the Ogham alphabet are directly associated with trees and plants, which resonates with Blackstairs Eco-Trails and their ethos of sharing knowledge of the native flora of Ireland to visitors from near and far.  I saw the work as greatly enhancing interest in our ancient culture and long lost forests. As many of you know, I love the local stone and was excited at the prospect to do a work in Carlow granite.

This area of south Co. Carlow has a rich but little known megalithic history with a number of standing stones (at Crannagh), a dolmen at Ballynasilloge, and abundant rock art (for example, at Rathgeran, Knockroe) in the immediate vicinity.

Read more here : https://lithicworks.com/2016/05/22/irish-tree-teaching-stone-ogham/

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