Caldragh cemetery

Caldragh cemetery, Boa Island

Caldragh cemetery
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,517 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2021
This stone is located in a small local cemetery on Boa Island (in Lower Lough Erne - connected into the road system). Approach is via a short drive, down to a farm. It is signed off the main road.

There is some interpretation. The stones are totally unprotected and accessible.

Many people would find these interesting to see
Written September 25, 2021
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Brandy M
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Have been looking forward to this for years
Feb 2020
I bought a necklace with this janus-figure on it a few years ago on a previous trip to Ireland and had been looking for the chance to see the real thing. It was an adventure, for sure. We drove about an hour out of Sligo through some beautiful scenery and came upon a small sign that notified us of our arrival at the Janus statues. We traveled down a small drive onto what I am assuming was someone's personal farm. At the bottom of the drive was a very old looking, small burial site being guarded by two large-horned goats. The entrance to the grave yard was a gated entrance that confused me about how the goats got there lol. But it was overwhelming to be able to walk right up to the statues that are so old and historic without any border or protection. It was such a fun time getting there and so beautiful.
Written March 10, 2020
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,774 contributions
Wonderful - was not disappointed
Sep 2018 • Friends
Make a point to find Caldragh Cemetery on Boa Island at the north end of Lough Erne. You can park the car after driving down a narrow road, then a short walk through a paddock to the famous 'Janus Stones' which are enigmatic stone carvings with a face on both sides. They have been moved since they were discovered on Lusty Beg but you can still use your imagination to see them complete. No one knows exactly what they are which is the beauty and mystery of them, there is a trough on the top which again no one knows its purpose. People have put coins all around and in the trough for some reason - Good Luck?, who knows.
I was delighted and excited, the others less so (we all shared a laugh about all this).
Written July 31, 2019
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f0nc3c4
Portadown, UK41 contributions
Rumour has it....
Jul 2019 • Family
Local myth says if you touch the hand on the janus statue you feel a vibrating sensation. I didn't feel anything however the females in my company did. So after all these years Janus still has the power to move women.. A true ladies man.
Written July 13, 2019
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Richard P
Derrygonnelly, UK61 contributions
Amazingly powerful ancient stone sculpture!
Aug 2018 • Friends
A pre-Christian two-faced idol in an ancient, overgrown cemetery. Not for people with walking difficulties!
Written August 22, 2018
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Oakworthgirl
Keighley, UK693 contributions
Janus Stones and Lusty Man
Jun 2018 • Friends
Off the beaten tourist trap, we didn't know anything about this but happened upon it driving past and saw the sign for the cemetery. It was only when we got there that we came across the two statues. Although these 2 stones are situated in a Christian cemetery, they are from Celtic times. Fabulous. Full of mystery. Glad I went though.
Written June 25, 2018
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Erikz_nl
Leiden, The Netherlands203 contributions
Great place to pop into to see one of the worlds few Janus stones
Jun 2018 • Couples
We went to Boa Island especially to see the Janus Stones. This graveyard lays at the end of a dirt road, quietly tucked away in the bushes. We entered the yard which was quite overgrown and only a few recent stones were placed. The Janus Stones stood there waiting for us as they have been waiting for countless of people over the ages. Very special to see them and admire them. Also, we were the only people on the premises, it's nice and quiet and not touristy at all.
Written June 24, 2018
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richardemail
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK404 contributions
Atmospheric
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited on a dull and misty day which, if anything, added to the atmosphere of this very small cemetery with its mix of new and very ancient stones, which include, of course, the Janus statue. In truth we initially just went to see the latter, which is not signposted from the road. Remember to look for signs for the cemetery, not the statue. When we got there the whole place is actually very atmospheric. Well worth a stop if you are passing nearby.
Written June 13, 2018
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Almostgreynomad
Sydney, Australia751 contributions
Ponder the past ...
Oct 2017 • Solo
Late afternoon, setting sun, peaceful surroundings ......

So many questions .... what do the figures mean, why were they moved ?
Known as The Lusty Man, but not for his sexual prowess, rather because he was moved from the Island of Lusty Beg apparently ... why ??

As another reviewer commented, interesting to see combination of recent graves and really ancient graves. Also interesting to see that people are still leaving coins and trinkets ....

Worth the visit ..... sat nav postcode doesn't take you to the exact place, but keep driving - well signposted !
Written October 7, 2017
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK324 contributions
Quick visit, liked the natural setting of it all, complete with field mice!
Jul 2017 • Family
Popped in while passing to see the Janus figure. It consists of a man on one side and a woman on another. Considering how old the figure is, its remarkably well preserved. Also interesting to see that although the cemetry is hundreds (thousands?) of years old, there are a few new tombs amongst them all, reminding me that this is still an active cemetry.
We then stumbled upon a group of field mice sleeping together. Eventually all but one ran into their lair.
Written July 31, 2017
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