Location: Connemara, Ireland
Keeper: Tim Robinson
Status: Not yet installed.
Guide: Not yet published
In Roundstone (a fishing village fifty miles west of Galway) follow
the lane that runs uphill westwards from the harbour, by O’Dowd’s
bar. After 200 yards take the turn to the right, a small surfaced road
climbing slowly northwards through fields. There is a gate across it
just over half a mile up, after which the road is unsurfaced and in
open commonage of rough grazing. Just beyond the gate the road twists
left and then right again, and begins to descend. Admire the immense
vista of mountains, bays and islands visible from here.
From this last bend count 200 good paces along the road, and then turn
to face the hillside on your left. About 80 yards ahead (i.e. to the
west and uphill) is a steep little rock outcrop, with a level patch
above it. This bit of the hillside is called Clochairín, meaning
‘little stony place’. The ground is very uneven and boggy
(boots or wellingtons are recommended) but if you cast about on the
level area you will find the remains of a rectangular building measuring
four or five paces long from east to west inside. A shepherd family
lived here, probably in the mid-19th century. Only a foot or two of
its walls still stand; the rest is tumbled stones. (Please do not disturb
any of the stones.) Leaning against the outside of its north wall, four
feet from its west end, is a slanting stone with a squarish corner.
Put your hand in behind this stone.
The site was chosen for its proximity to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s
house at Rosroe.