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Glencolmcille - Turas 4 Leacht
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 43' 03.96"   W 008° 44' 21.0"

Nearest town

Gleann Cholm Cille

Grid Ref.

G 52365 85774

Map No.

10

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

41

Date of visit

Monday 12 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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Looking at the leacht with the slab seen from the northeast.


Gleann Cholm Cille is famous for its "Turas", the journey, the path that people follow from one station to the other one during their pilgrimage done between June 9th and August 15th. The round of the stations is about 3 km long. The stations are both in the village and outside the village.

On a small rocky outcrop about 40 metres southwest from St. Columba's church is a small circular enclosure with pile of rock in the centre. It's a leacht, a small square or rectangular structure of rough stones piled together with no mortar or other binding materials, usually used as memorials or small altars. A leacht is usually surmounted by a cross slab and this one is no exception.
The slab on the top of this leacht is 88 centimetres high, 46 centimetres wide and 9 centimetres thick. On its northwest (300°) face a simple Latin cross is incised, but it's fading away.
This is the fourth station of the Turas.


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