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Errigal Keerogue Sheela-na-Gig
 

County

Tyrone

Coordinates

N 54° 27' 31.2"   W 007° 05' 53.34"

Nearest town

Ballygawley

Grid Ref.

H 58476 57060

Map No.

18

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

117

Date of visit

Wednesday 1 July 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The slab with the figure is set into the north wall of the old church. Another stone has been mounted as a cap. This reconstruction in relatively recent.


It is said that this church was erected in 1489 by the Franciscan friars who dedicated it to St. Kieran. It is possible that Keerogue is a corruption of the name Kieran.
Almost nothing remains of this building. The walls have crumbled down. The tallest segment is at the northeast corner, the lowest segment is the north wall. Halfway along this wall, on the inner side, a stone with a sheela-na-gig has been set. A horizontal stone, taken from the ruins, has been mounted as a cap above the figure to protect it from the rain, as it was sufficient to save it from the elements. The traces of relatively modern mortar suggest that the stone figure and its cap are not in their original position.
The figure is very worn, the face details are gone, but it's possible to make out a round head over a strong body. The figure is squatted with her legs apart, her genitalia are not visible anymore. There's a strange element at the top-right of the figure, a rectangular hollow with a long groove to the figure's head.
The stone slab is 90 centimetres high and 41 centimetres wide, it looks to the south (180°).

West of the church is the Errigal Keerogue cross.


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