St Maelruan's Cross

This small granite cross is situated in the centre of the graveyard, south west of St Maelruan's Church. The plain latin cross stands just under one metre tall. There is an incised line at the base of the shaft on the east face. The cross stands on a pyramidal base that in turn sits in the centre of a circular granite stone. This stone was probably a millstone. It is quite amazing to see the amount of millstones that were reused in old graveyards. Because of their appearance, the base and millstone are known as 'St Maelruan's loaf and griddle'. Locally the name became distorted and they became known as 'Moll Rooneys loaf and griddle, the nearby font was said to be used for kneading the bread. The cross is believed locally to mark the spot of St Maelruan's Grave. There is a clear space around the cross, traditionally no other corpse was buried near the saints grave.

Situated: From the N81 take the turn for Tallaght village. Go straight through at the traffic lights. St Maelruan's Church is at the next bend, on your left.

Discovery Map 50: O 0903 2776. Last visit Jan 2018.

Longitude: 6° 21' 53" W

Latitude: 53° 17' 20" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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