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Dillon Castle Sheela-na-Gig
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 35' 11.6"   W 006° 49' 30.5"

Nearest town

Trim

Grid Ref.

N 77857 60254

Map No.

42

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

74

Date of visit

Tuesday 24 May 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The ruins of Dillon castle.


This sheela-na-gig is on the east wall of the Dillon Castle in a private field. It's hardly visible, it's a small figure at 3.70 metres from the ground right under a large breach in the wall, but the features are very worn. The face is nothing more than a clean and smooth oval. The figure appears as it's seated, with its legs slightly bent at the knees. The arms look like resting on the legs, with the hands crossed between the knees. Actually it doesn't resemble a sheela-na-gig as I know them, it hasn't the typical characteristics of other sheelas, like the legs spred apart and the genitalia exposed.
About 70 metres north (10°) from the castle with the sheela-na-gig, is the ruined gatehouse of the fortification.


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