Boa Island Figures

Boa Island is situated in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, and is famous for the strange carved figures that stand at its west end, in the overgrown Caldragh cemetery. For some time I have been keen to photograph this ancient reminder of our past history.

On arrival it was raining and so I just had to make the best of the conditions. To cope with poor weather I decided to get in close and exclude the sky. In any event the stone figures were the focus of my interest and so the weather did not get obstruct too much. The lesson being know what you want to photograph and adapt to the conditions you find when you arrive.

The island’s double-faced Janus figure is the most well known. It is a pagan stone statue, believed to date from the 4th or 5th century, although there have been some suggestions that it is a few hundred years older.

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2 thoughts on “Boa Island Figures

  1. You’ve taken me back to my childhood when we lived in Lisburn. My parntes were married in Hillhall Presbyterian Church, (Hillhall had, of course Gracey’s jam making factory)and we often got the bus from Lisburn down past the church to walk up Jacob’s Ladder to Drumbo, or up to Ballymullan .happy days!

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