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Ballynakill Cross Slab
 

County

Longford

Coordinates

N 53° 41' 49.7"   W 007° 55' 40.5"

Nearest town

Lanesborough

Grid Ref.

N 04812 71926

Map No.

40

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

48

Date of visit

Friday 6 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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What remains of the church is the outline of the north wall. At the end of it there's a wall with some fragments of cross slabs set into it.


St. Ernan founded a monastery here in the 6th century. It was known with the name of Cluain Deochra.
What we see today are the poor ruins of the Grey Friars' monastery surrounded by a graveyard. It is said that under The Bishop's Grave lie the remains of a well known early bishop, Flann Mulvihill.
There's a wall with a moulded arch in the east end of the graveyard. Into its west (270°) side there are 5 cross slabs or fragments of them.
One of the largest slabs is very similar to the cross slab at the foot of Meelick round tower.


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