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The header image on my home page was taken from the townland of Clomacow in Kilmurry parish in mid-Cork, looking down and across at Coolduve, Currabeha, Glanarouge East (Béalnabláth), and Lachtneill, the townlands of some of my ancestors.

Many of these townlands will be featuring in my MA research so I thought it a good idea to have some pictures on the blog; if, for nothing else, then only to remind me of the need to focus on that work if when I am procrastinating and spending too much time here, instead of in a library or archive.

For those not familiar with the area – yes, okay, that’s most of you – if I had turned 180 degrees and taken another picture, I’d have been looking right across the Lee Valley, over Lissarda village below.     Kilmurry village is a mile uphill from Lissarda, which anyone who has driven from Cork to Killarney (or vice-versa, of course) will have passed through, around six miles on the Cork side of Macroom.

Clomacow boulder burial, looking south, in direction of header image

Clomacow boulder burial, looking south, in direction of header image

The photo was taken last July during a field trip with Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS) to visit the ancient boulder burial at Clomacow, which was kindly facilitated by the farmer whose land it is on. It is one of many ancient burial sites in the area; in August, the Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) had a talk at a stone circle at Hornhill, delivered by Michael Galvin, local historian and author of numerous books on the area’s history from famine times to the War of Independence.

Clomacow 2

Looking east towards Cork (I believe that’s Ballincollig in distance, between boulder and tree on right of image)