On the approach to St Mary's, Church of Ireland in Julianstown, is an interesting carving. Known as the 'Apostle Stone' it is three sides of a Chest-tomb surround, placed in a row and set into a wall. It is believed the panels were moved from a chapel in Ballylehane, County Laois, by a member of the Hovenden family, to Tiernane, County Laois. They were finally brought to St Mary's Church, in c.1908, by Katherine Henrietta, the wife of Captain Osborne of Dardistown. Each saint is wearing a cowl and a pleated habit. It has been suggested the carving is unfinished, I am not too sure.

Looking south

L to R. St Thomas-a set-square, ?, ?.

L-R, ?, St Michael-scales, ?.

L-R, SS Peter, Andrew and James the elder.

Situated: From Drogheda head south on the R132. Just before Julianstown take a left turn onto the R150, signed Laytown. The church is about 400 metres down here on your left.

Discovery Map 43: O 1368 7081. Last visit Aug 2018.

Longitude: 6° 16' 46" W.

Latitude 53° 40' 29" N.

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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