Clahoppeen Rock

I'll bet many walkers will have passed near this rock, without knowing it's name. It came to my notice some time back as the Clahoppeen or Kilhoppeen but I only recently got a positive identification of the site. It lies just upstream of Johnny's Oaks in Inchavore on the Cloghoge side of the river – about 3 metres in height and must weigh several hundred tons. Local tradition has it as a mass rock used in penal times but the mass site is also said to be further back towards Lough Dan as well. I've been told locally, that Clahoppeen comes from Cloch Caipín – meaning the capped rock, a reference to the clump of heather growing on it's crown. Here's a photo, with Johnny's Oaks to the right and Lough Dan in the distance.