Cross Slab, Bullaun and Holy Well

Kilmacannon

Cross Slab

Earlier in the year I had the privilege to visit the monastic remains at Inishmurray. This was an early Christian settlement on an island off the coast of Sligo. There are several Christian sites along the coast of the mainland associated with Inishmurray. Amongst them is the beautifully inscribed cross slab at Kilmacannon. There is no evidence of a Christian settlement in this location other than this cross slab and a bullaun stone, but I did not discern a bullaun in the stones I examined. The cross slab bears a beautiful elaborate design that was believed to be unique to Inishmurray. It is almost identical to a cross slab (Smr no. SL 001-078) found inside the cashel on Inishmurray- now stored in the schoolhouse for protection. The slab bears a large central cross surrounded by four crosslets. All of the crosses have cusped- butted serifs in the upper arms. There is no doubt that this work of art is by the same school of stonemasonry as the slabs on the island. Please ask at the farm for permission before visiting this site.

Situated: From Drumcliffe head north on the N15 then turn left onto the L3305. Turn left at Carney. After 6 k turn left for Raghley. After 1.3 kilometre turn right. Stop at the large farm on your left 400 metres down this road.

Discovery Map 16, 25: G 5913 4427. Last visit June 2012.

Longitude: 8° 37' 42" W

Latitude: 54° 20' 44" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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