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Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre at the Foot of the Holy Mountain

The Boheh Stone & Rolling Sun Phenomenon

The Boheh Stone is one of the finest examples of neolithic rock art in Ireland and Britain. The carvings – mainly cupmarks, enclosed by one or two circles with a small number of keyhole motifs – date to the same era in which the well-known carvings at Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth in Co. Meath were inscribed. 

The stone is located on the ancient Pagan route which stretches from Rathcroghan (the Royal Site of Connacht) Co. Roscommon to Croagh Patrick. Both the ancient path and the Boheh Stone were Christainised and are now respectively known as the Tóchar Phádraig and St. Patrick's Chair.

For centuries Croagh Patrick has been a very spiritual site for people around the world, but locals have been baffled by the Boheh Stone.While the carvings further intensified the mysteriousness of the rock, Gerry Bracken a local Historian finally uncovered the mystery.

Following a year long case study he identified that on April 18th and August 24th,when viewed from the Boheh Stone the sun sets on the summit of sacred Croagh Patrick, and instead of passing behind, it slides down the side of the mountain hense the “rolling sun’. In doing so it gives the wonderful impression of the Sun Rolling down the mountain, a sight not to be missed. It is thought that the dates signify the beginning and end of the growing season. Groups of people gather to see the natural phenomenon take place at both times of the year.