Cross slabs

Ardane

St Berrihert's Kyle

The ecclesiastical enclosure at Ardane in the Glen of Aherlow, is located in a small wooded area surrounded by a marsh and rough meadow. The enclosure is defined by a low earth and stone bank and is known locally as St Berrihert's kyle. The site is named after St Berichter, a Saxon saint who was also the founder of the monastic site at Tullylease in county Cork. Inside the enclosure is a modern oval shaped stone structure built to protect the cross slabs and other antiquities found at the site. There are 72 cross slabs, two wheel crosses the head of a high cross, pictured below, the base of a high cross and a bullaun with a cursing stone.

Cross slabs

High Cross head

The modern structure, built in the 1940s is very crude, but takes nothing away from this really special place. There is an assortment of votive offerings left by modern visitors to the kyle. Each year St Berrihert is celebrated locally on the 18th February, when a pilgrimage takes place at the site. The area was badly overgrown and in need of maintenance, but just as I was leaving an O.P.W. crew arrived to cut back the vegetation. On the eastern side of the wall there is a small wooden gate that leads to the quite magical St Berriherts holy well located about 170 metres to the southeast. I am looking forward to my next visit already.

Eastern section of the modern structure

Bullaun and cursing stone

Situated: From Cahir head west on the R640. After 1.5K go onto the N24 at the roundabout. After about 5 kilometres turn left onto the L3102. After about 6.5K turn left at the crossroads. Look for a double wooden gate on your left.

Discovery Map 74: R 9474 2872. Last visit June 2015.

Longitude: 8° 4' 38" W

Latitude: 52° 24' 37" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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