Holed Stone

Kilmainhamwood

Font, Graveslab, Cross slab and Graveyard

The old graveyard in Kilmainhamwood is situated 200 metres northwest of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. The graveyard has always been associated with the preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers at Kilmainhamwood, but there is no record of preceptors being here. No remains of the old church are visible, but I would still recommend a visit to the graveyard. Standing to the immediate left of entrance is a sandstone font with chamfered corners. There is no drain-hole and because of a fracture on the base, it is believed it was unfinished. There are lots of interesting grave slabs scattered around the graveyard, amongst them is the sandstone cross-slab, pictured left. The stone stands 1.08 metres high and has a rectangular hole in the top. On the east face is a ringed cross in relief. Two raised lines, run from the base of the stone through the ring and appear to circle the hole in the top. Give yourself enough time to wander around the graveyard and discover some more of the graveyards hidden treasures.

Also lying in the graveyard is a rectangular effigial slab. The slab is roughly 2 metres in length by a metre wide. On the right is an effigy of unknown man, with his wife by his left hand side. Between their heads is a carving, in relief, of an angels head with wings. The moss covered slab, has suffered badly from erosion.

Situated: From Kilmainhamwood take the Moynalty Rd, north of the R.C. Church. Then take a right at the fork. The graveyard is up the hill on left side of the road.

Discovery Map 35. N 7826 8978. Last visit Apr 2017.

Longitude: 6° 48' 38" W

Latitude: 53° 51' 6" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey..

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