Wayside Crosses

In the centre of Tullaroan village are the remains of two wayside crosses. They are situated in a private garden, but can be clearly viewed from the roadside. The two limestone crosses were described in 1819 as two handsome crosses erected by the Grace family. Sadly both crosses were broken sometime before 1839. All that remains of the most southerly cross, pictured far right, is a badly weathered shaft inserted in a rectangular base. The cross was said to bear a high relief carving of Our Lord wearing a cloth around the waist, but I could see no trace of the figure.

The east face of the north cross bears a figure of a woman, wearing a long dress tightly fitted at the waist. The head of the figure is missing, thus indicating cross was taller. Traditionally it is said the cross was erected by a French woman, who followed one of the Grace family to Ireland, to show her piety, after discovering he was a married man. The south arm is also missing. At one time a patron took place at the wayside crosses on the 15th 0f August, before it moved to the holy well near Tullaroan church.

Situated: Very easy, located in a private garden at the southeast corner of the crossroads in the centre of the village.

Discovery Map 67: S 3801 5691 Last visit Apr 2019.

Longitude: 7° 26' 17" W

Latitude: 52° 39' 44" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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