Kilbeg Upper

Cross Slab

The medieval parish church of Kilbeg stood within, a D-shaped, graveyard northeast of the motte and bailey. All that remains of the church today are the foundations of the nave and chancel. According to records the church has been in disrepair since the 1640s. Standing within the graveyard is an early sandstone cross slab. It is situated directly south of the east gable wall of the church. The ringed cross is carved in relief on the east face of the slab. It was quite dull during our visit so the design might not appear as pronounced as it was in reality. To the right of the cross slab is the 18th century gravestone of Thurlough O'Solivan. The inscription reads: Pray for the soul of Thurlough O'Solivan who departed ths life October ...1739 aged 72 years. I will definitely call back, the motte and bailey ranks amongst the best examples I have seen in the Ireland.

Situated: From Kells head NE on the N52 after 4.8 kilometres, take a slight left for Nobber. Then take the next right. The graveyard is about 1.5K down here next to Kilbeg Upper motte.

Discovery Map 35: N 7764 8183. Last visit Apr 2017.

Longitude: 6° 49' 19" W

Latitude: 53° 46' 49" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey