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Clonburren Cross Slab
 

County

Roscommon

Coordinates

N 53° 18' 49.32"   W 008° 03' 06.84"

Nearest town

Shannonbridge

Grid Ref.

M 96542 29272

Map No.

47

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

54

Date of visit

Friday 14 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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From the entrance of Clonburren graveyard the wall with the cross slabs is the first thing to see.


Clonburren graveyard is the smallest historic graveyard in the parish of Moore.

Clonburren was one of the most important convents of nuns from Early Christian Ireland. It was founded in 550 by St. Cairech Deargain, daughter of Conall the Red, King of Oriel. St Cairech died on February 9th, 577.
The religious site declined in the 12th century, though it is reported that a late medieval church was still standing in 1641. Today only three very low walls of it survive.

There is a mix of burials of different faiths and there are some interesting grave slabs. A number of grave stones dating from 8th to 10th century were found in the graveyard and are now preserved in the Athlone Museum.
The most interesting feature of this small graveyard is the wall facing the gate to the southwest (210°). In this wall a number of very old cross slabs fragments have been set. The largest cross slab measures 90 centimetres of height and 76 centimetres of width and bears a double outlined cross with enlarged terminals. The other fragments are smaller, and some are tiny.
On the top of this wall a fragment of an ogee window, likely from the medieval church, has been set.
The wall with the fragments is flanked by two stumps of cross shafts in their cross bases.

Something similar, though in a much larger scale, can be seen at Gallen.


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