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Rathcline Sheela-na-Gig
 

County

Longford

Coordinates

N 53° 38' 40.4"   W 008° 00' 14.4"

Nearest town

Lanesborough

Grid Ref.

M 99786 66068

Map No.

40

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

80

Date of visit

Friday 6 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church at Rathcline seen from the southeast.


This otherwise plain and ruinous church has a very nice sheela-na-gig on the north jamb of the west (285°) window.
This side of the building is fenced off for safety reasons, but on the day I was here one panel of the fence was open.
The figure is quite weathered but still recognizable, though it lacks many of the usual features of a sheela-na-gig. Her face hasn't a scaring or creepy grin and her hands rest on her belly rather than touching in between her legs. Her breast is non-existing but her ribs are clearly visible. Her legs are straight and short with her feet pointing outwards. Between her legs there's a drilled hole like in the second sheela-na-gig at Shanrahan.
The figure is carved in bas-relief and measures 26 centimetres of height. It is about 3 centimetres thick, is at 2.95 metres from the ground and looks at the southwest (240°).
Inside the church there are two beautiful grave slabs against the north wall.


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