Crossatemple Leacht, AKA 'Station of Mary'

This Leacht is situated at the southern end of the women's cemetery. The rectilinear cairn is quite close to the cliff-edge. Sitting on top of the leacht are some rolled stones similar to those at the Clocha Breaca Leacht, but none of these are decorated. Also erected on the cairn is a beautifully inscribed Cross-Slab. The upper part is decorated with an inscised central cross. In the centre of it is a dimpled boss in false relief. In each quarter is a crosslet, inscised in a similar style to the main cross. The decorated slabs on the island are truly amazing, one can only imagine what it must have looked like with all ninety slabs/pillars in situ. Some of the designs are unique to Inishmurray, but there is similar cross-inscribed slab on the mainland at Kilmacannon that may have had connections to Inishmurray. The view to the mainland from here is stunning with Benbulben looming in the background.

Rectangular leacht

Knocknarea in the background

Situated: This leacht is located in the womens graveyard south of Templenaman. You will pass the womens church on the way to the cashel.

Discovery Map 16: G 5747 5377. Last visit June 2012.

Longitude: 8° 39' 19" W

Latitude: 54° 25' 50" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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