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Clonenagh Cross Slab
 

County

Laois

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 39.9"   W 007° 25' 13.4"

Nearest town

Mountrath

Grid Ref.

S 38954 95722

Map No.

54

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

125

Date of visit

Monday 1 June 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The first four slabs from the left. All of them have simple carvings of a cross.


This set of cross slabs can be found against the southwest wall of the graveyard.
The place is also used as a dump for every kind of domestic rubbish and the slabs were almost covered up by everything filthy one can imagine. Before taking the photos we had to turn ourselves into garbage collectors and clean the place!
They are 15 grave slabs lined up along the stone wall at the entrance of the graveyard.
We visited the place some years before but we didn't find them. We wandered among the other graves to no avail and went away. This time we were here by pure chance. We were following our map and wanted to see what that red dot labelled "cross and grave slabs" was, and we recognised the place only when we saw the St. Fintan's holy tree in the car park. The previous time the maple tree was allegedly dead, struck by a lightning, according to the story that a local farmer told us. According to the informative sign, the tree suffered from a metal poisoning for the coins that people left in the bark as an offering to the saint. Now the tree seems to be revived. The informative sign asks people to refrain from leave other coins, but it seems that people can't read.


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