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Clogher Cerberus Slab Decorative Slab
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 45' 15.12"   W 009° 14' 28.5"

Nearest town

Ballinrobe

Grid Ref.

M 18142 79002

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

36

Date of visit

Monday 10 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Clogher Lodge, the old house where this unusual slab is.


In the courtyard of a old house is an unsual slab set into a concrete pillar.
The slab faces to the southeast (150°) and measures 62 centimetres of width and 35 centimetres of height. A bas-relief carving depicts Cerberus, the three-headed and dragon-tailed dog who guarded the gates of the Greek Underworld, also known with the name of Hades, after the God of the Dead. Cerberus' task was to prevent the dead from leaving the place.

This slab was found by the late Michael Campbell among the ruins of the former Clogher House. He moved it to the courtyard of his house where it still is.
Today Campbell's house is lived in by a young couple and has the name of Clogher Lodge, as the plaque outside reads, and it was built in 1764.

The local folklore has it that the Cerberus slab might protect the village from evil spirits that roam the countryside.


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