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St. Berrihert's Kyle Cross Slab
 

County

Tipperary

Coordinates

N 52° 24' 37.0"   W 008° 04' 38.0"

Nearest town

Tipperary

Grid Ref.

R 94767 28691

Map No.

74

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

66

Date of visit

Tuesday 2 June 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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A view of the enclosure and some of the cross slabs and cross heads set in it.


This place is absolutely wonderful and filled with magic and tranquillity.
Seeing over 70 pieces between cross slabs, the head of a cross and the head of a high cross is not an everyday thing. All this pieces dates from 7th to 9th centuries and have recently been set in a elliptical stone wall or enclosure. Many visitors to this place use to leave some offerings to the slabs, like ribbons, rosaries, coins, photos or other small personal belongings.
It is said that in this place St. Berrihert founded a church around 700, but no evidences of a building were ever found here. Maybe it was a wooden building, but there are no traces on the ground or anomalies in the soil that may suggest that a settlement was actually established here.
The place is not easy to find and I have to admit that we were giving up when luckily we met the landowners who led us to the site and told us a lot of stories about it.
Two hundred metres east from the enclosure there's a holy well with the same name.


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