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Killeen Standing Stone
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 42' 49.2"   W 009° 52' 59.58"

Nearest town

Louisburgh

Grid Ref.

L 75690 75423

Map No.

37

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

19

Date of visit

Friday 15 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The standing stone seen from the northeast.


In the graveyard at Killeen, among ancient and modern graves, there's a standing stone which is precariously leaning.

The standing stone is 2.40 metres tall, 79 centimetres wide and 65 centimetres thick.
It leans to the northwest (325°) by 32°.
The south face of the standing stone was Christianised in the 7th century by carving a four-petal flower, possibly an interpretation of a cross, inscribed in a double circle which measures 68.5 centimetres in diameter.

About 20 metres southeast from this standing stone is the burial place of Reverend David Lyons, parish priest of Louisburgh, marked with both a modern slab and an early Christian slab incised with a main cross surrounded by four smaller crosses. This kind of cross is known with the name of Cross of the Thieves.

In the same graveyard there are other ancient burials, some of them marked by interesting head stones.


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