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Liath Mór Sheela-na-Gig
 

County

Tipperary

Coordinates

N 52° 40' 11.1"   W 007° 40' 07.7"

Nearest town

Urlingford

Grid Ref.

S 22455 57635

Map No.

67

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

134

Date of visit

Friday 14 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The larger church at the site seen from the northwest.


There are two churches and the low stump of a round tower built in the same place of an ancient monastic site founded by St. Mochaomóg in 590. The last abbot of this monastic site died in 1015.
The smaller church is the first stone church erected on the site of an ancient monastic site and is of the earliest type of Irish architecture.
The larger church was originally built in the Irish Romanesque style, but was reconstructed between the 13th and 15th century. On the left jamb of the north (355°) doorway of this church there's a figure lying sideways and facing west.
The figure has a triangular head with a flat top and two rounded eyes like the one of the figures carved on the Moone high cross. Her breasts and vulva are quite clear. Her arms rest gently on the front with the hands reaching for the pubes. She's standing, so the legs are not spread apart. The feet are very worn and almost invisible.
It measures 32 centimetres of length and 8 centimetres of height. The figure is at 1.31 metres from the ground.
Above the south doorway of this church there are three carved heads and a carving of two persons, a man and a woman, who hold each other.
The smaller church is 75 metres north of the one with the sheela-na-gig, and it's clearly older. It is a nave only church.
Between the two churches there's the very low stump of a round tower, but it's only about 70 centimetres high.


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