The cross pillar known as station thirteen is probably one of the best known stations or symbols of the Glencolumbkille turas. This is due to the fact that it is impossible to miss this stone as you walk around the town. Located in the townland of Gannew and Cureen quite close to the Garda station, the schist slab stands at 1.6 metres tall and is decorated on the east side. At the top is a circle divided into quarters, with a cross inside the circle. From here a gutter runs down the centre of the slab connecting two circular motifs. These motifs remind me of the decoration on the viking slabs located at Rathdown. The cross pillar now in situ is actually an excellent replica, the original pillar stone broke and is now on display at the folk village.
Situated: As I said above this could not be easier. As you enter Glencolumbkille from the R263 take the first right and follow the road around to a T-Junction. The pillar stone is immediately on your left at the junction.
Discovery Map 10. G 5369 8488 Last visit Jun 2010.
Longitude: 8° 43' 7" W
Latitude: 54° 42' 35" N
Photos: Jim Dempsey