written by the children of Cappabue N.S., Co.Cork.
Today the whole school and some parents walked up to the mass rock just above our school. We made our way up through muck and briars to get there. The mass rock is on top of a hill and is in a hollow like the shape of a bowl.
the top of the hill you can see for miles around.
I saw all my friends’ houses that I’ve never seen before.
we all went up to the mass rock . We left the school at 9.30 and we where were
back around 12.30.It took a long to get there.
There is a circle there were there was mass said in the old days. If they
caught a Priest saying mass or if they found a Priest they would kill him.
the whole school went to the mass rock. We left the school at around half past
nine. We went along the main road for around half a mile. Then we went through
mucky fields thorns and briars. We reached the mass rock at half eleven. We saw
where the priest said mass. We were back at the school at half twelve.
Friday third, fourth, fifth and sixth went to the library in Bantry. We were
there to look up places like the mass rock, stone circles and standing stones. I
had to look up a Gallaun in a place called Cappaboy More. It was a standing
stone in rough grazing overlooking the Owvane river valley. Its height is 1.8 m.
I also had to look up another standing stone in Cappaboy Beg. There is a
standing stone pair on a bog covered slope which forms on the west side of the
valley. They are 1.4 m apart, overall length is 3.75m. The NE stone appears to
be broken on top.
Friday all of the children in the big ones’ room went to the library to get
information on Cappabue area and all of its’ standing
circular area (26m N-S; 22.6m E-W) enclosed by ruined stone wall (with 3m) on
which was built SE-NW. Foundations
rectangular structure (L 6.3m; wth 3.2m)on E side: two irregular stone caviers
on NM side. Known locally as