Situated on a bend in the road, the cemetery at Bobsville would not look out of place on a Hollywood film set. All the gravestones are set into a large mound about 40 metres in diameter. The mound resembles a passage grave and as I walked around it there appeared be some cairn material towards the north east of the mound. There are other features at this site that suggest it may have been a very sacred site for many centuries. Located across the road from the graveyard is a holy well and in the gaveyard are the remains of some early cross slabs. If you do visit the well please be careful as it is located right on the bend in the road.
|One of the most interesting features at the site is the large standing stone pictured left. The stone is about two metres in length and decorated with well over forty cupmarks. The stone has the appearance of a kerbstone and may have been part of a passage tomb. .Lying against the back wall of the cemetery is another large broken stone.|
Cemented into the wall surrounding the cemetery are a number of early grave slabs, a few of which are badly weathered, but it is possible to see the inscriptions on at least a couple of the slabs. The graves slab pictured left is probably in the best condition. This slab is located to your left as you enter the cemetery. The other slabs are located in the wall to your right, amongst these slabs appears to be the remains of a Tau shaped cross, this can be see to the right in the image below.
Situated: From Kells drive North on the N3 at the top of the town take the R163 signposted Oldcastle, after approximately 8 kilometres take a left at the fork signposted Crossakeel, drive through the village and then take the first left signposted Drumone, after a couple of kilometres you will come to a sharp bend the cemetery is situated on your right at this bend.
Discovery OS Map 42. N 6143 7439. Last visit Oct 2006.
Longitude: 7° 4' 10" W
Latitude: 53° 42' 56" N
Photos: Jim Dempsey.