Cross and Church

The main reason for visiting Dunnamaggan was to see the unusual cross standing at the north side of the church. It is believed this cross, and the one at Thomastown, are related more to the crosses in Cornwall. We had great light as we approached the town, but unfortunately that changed very quickly. We hope to get better images on our next visit. The cross stands at 1.8 metres high and the head is about 0.8 metres wide, with four perforations in it. The top two perforations are square and the bottom two are round. The shaft of the cross is 40 cms wide by 20 cms thick. The west side of the shaft bears a figure carved in relief. The figure is similar to the figure found close by at St Leonard's Well. St Leonard was also the Patron of Dunnamaggan Church so the figure may represent the saint. There is another figure on the east face and also on the north and south side. At the centre of the head is a crucifixion scene. All that remains of the church is the north wall, shown in the top image, and part of the east and west walls. At the eastern end of the north wall is a small round doorway. Toward the western end is a large arched doorway. This doorway is pointed on the outside of the church and rounded on the inside. We do hope to return to this site and also visit the nearby well.

Situated: From Kilkenny take the R697 south for 16 kilometres. At the crossroads in Baurscoob take a left. Dunnamaggan is 1 kilometre down this road on your right.

Discovery Map 67: S 4785 3900. Last visit Feb 2019.

Longitude: 7° 17' 43.13" W

Latitude: 52° 30' 1.39" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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