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Shallon Cross Slab
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 40' 16.86"   W 006° 20' 16.8"

Nearest town

Julianstown

Grid Ref.

O 09820 70350

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

38

Date of visit

Sunday 26 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The slabs are built into the wall of that old house.


According to the OS Map these slabs should have been along the R150, but this road has a new layout and the slabs are now on the side of a local road. We had a hard time to spot them because they are partially hidden by some ivy on the wall of an old house.
There are three stone slabs built into a wall on the north side of the old R150. The slab in the centre is the largest, measuring 72 centimetres in height and 31 centimetres in width. On its surface a simple Latin cross measuring 28 centimetres by 11 centimetres has been incised. On the sides of this cross, under its arms, are the faint carvings of two angels. This slab was put here as a memorial to the victim of an accident.
The real historical slabs are the two at the sides of the central slab and date to the 1500. They were both part of a another wayside cross that I presume it's been destroyed and these fragments have been moved here.
The one to the west measures 33 centimetres by 21 centimetres and has a crucifixion in bas-relief. There are decorations around the crucified figure, but all the details of this slab are very weathered.
The slab to the east is 36 centimetres high and 21 centimetres wide. It's decorated with a floreal motif.
According to a local that I talked to, in the past funerals would halt here to say a prayer before proceeding to the burial ground at Kilsharvan church.
About 600 metres to the east there's a holy well.


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