Ardamine

Stone Cross

This plain latin cross is situated in St Mary's Graveyard in Middletown Townland. The stone cross stands 1.2 metres high and is 0.72 metres wide. The shaft expands slightly at the base. The cross has always been known locally as St Aidan's Cross and is believed to mark the site of a church founded by St Aidan, the first Bishop of Ferns, in the 6th century. It could be a Termon cross as it may also mark the southern boundary of Ardamine parish. The date of the cross is also open to debate, but it is certainly no later than the 17th century.

Situated: In St Mary's graveyard about 2 kilometres south of Courtown Harbour. Approximately 15 metres north of a Norman motte.

Discovery Map 69: T 1975 5478. Last visit Feb 2015.

Longitude: 6° 13' 52" W

Latitude: 52° 37' 52" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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