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Tullovin Sheela-na-Gig
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 29' 56.22"   W 008° 41' 01.8"

Nearest town

Croom

Grid Ref.

R 53569 38838

Map No.

65

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

47

Date of visit

Sunday 18 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The tower house is inside a private property.


In a farm southeast from Croom there's a tower house. It's a typical tower house from the 15th century, but it seems that it was intended as the east end part of a larger building that was never built.
On a quoin on the southeast corner, but still facing south (180°), there is a sheela-na-gig.
The figure is carved horizontally, with her head to the east, at about 7.25 metres from the ground.
She's depicted in a very sensual and lustful position, apparently satisfied and fulfilled. She seems to lay down on her back, with her legs spread apart, her feet pointing outwards. Her genitalia are really explicit, if I'm allowed to express myself frankly. Her right arm and hand seem to rest on her belly. The left arm is bent upwards with her left hand at the height of her head. Her head shows a rich and elaborate hairdo. Her eyes and mouth are inexpressive, but she clearly has a big nose.
Unfortunately a wild plant decided to grows out of the fissure between two quoins and its shadow and dead stems made it difficult to see more details.

When we arrived at the farm nobody was home and the gate was closed. We asked a neighbour who granted us the permission to walk in and see the tower house.


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