Sculpture and Parish Church

In 1682 it was recorded that the Parish church at Staholmog was in ruins since 1641. Today the ruin is almost completely covered in ivy. Present at the site are several fragments of a tomb chest. One of the pieces, pictured left, bears a number of small crosses. Another intriguing fragment is set into the east wall of the new cemetery. It bears a carving, in relief, of a figure in the orans position. In latin this means one who is praying. The posture was used by early Christians and evokes an image of the crucifixion. Sadly the head has been damaged, but we can clearly see the figure is wearing a loin cloth. This suggests to me, along with the other fragments, this may have represented a crucifixion scene. Worth a visit if your nearby.

Tomb fragments

Situated: Staholmog Church is located on the southside of the N52, about 9 kilometres NW of Kells. The old church is at the far end of the new cemetery behind the modern church.

Discovery Map 35. N 7960 8140. Last visit Apr 2017.

Longitude: 6° 47' 33" W

Latitude: 53° 46' 34" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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