This is a really lovely site. And its in my home village as well. At the top of the hill of Portroe past the school and garda station there is a hard to see lane on the left (On the way to Ballina). U can park in front of the lane and follow the path as per the OS map most of the way. If u hear some dogs barking you are in the right place!
You pass by the water reservior for the area and can see the stones clearly from the top of the hill. The best way to get down to them is by going to the right of the sillage/farm buildings where there is a gap. All electric fences in the area are live so be careful.
It really says a lot about the treatment of history in this country when I went to primary school less than 1km away and yet we were never taken there. In fact if it wasnt for the archaeological inventory of North Tipp I would never have heard of them because they are not even marked on the OS map being described as barrows.
Situated on a low platform in an upland area with a bowl barrow c.50m to NW. Two limestone orthosats, aligned E-W, and 9,5m apart. Both stones are triangular in shape with the tops of the stones sloping from N to S. The E stone is erect (H2.1m; 1.1m x0.9m) while the W stone(h1.5m;0.6m x 1.1m)has fallen and is resting on its packing stones. Extract from Archaeological Inventory of North Tipp
This is a newly discovered panel of cup-marks in Ireland and the first confirmed panel of rock-art in the Tipperary and also for a large area in every direction (approximately 80km2).
It is adjacent to a standing stone pair and a large bowl barrow. On a previous visit to the stone pair in 2005, the rock outcrop was covered with grass. However on a visit in March 2014 the grass covering had been eroded away and it was immediately clear that the stone was cup-marked. It was also noted that there were similar cup-marks on the eastern stone of the nearby stone pair. There are expansive views to the west (where Lough Derg is located) and also to the south-west, south and south-east.
To the north the view is limited by rising ground. The hill of Laghtea to the south-west seems to
dominate the landscape from the cup marked panel and this hill was identified as the location of a hill-fort by Tom Condit in 1995. Unusually there are no views of Lough Derg from the panel.
Funnily enough I remember posting here on TMA about possible cup-marks on the standing stone.