Friday, September 11, 2015

The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone

The beautiful inscribed stone of Kilnasaggart can be found in a very quite and peaceful hedged enclosure.

The stone is over 2 meters in height and is said to be one of the oldest inscribed stones in Ireland.

There are a total of 13 crosses on the stone's faces and it carries the inscription (roughly translated to be) "This place bequeathed by Temoc, son of Ceran Bic, under the patronage of Peter, the Apostle".

The death of Temoc is recorded around 714 which would date the stone in the early 700s.

Excavations of the site in the 1960s uncovered a number of stone built graves close to the stone, the enclosure has many of these stones lying around.

Access  - The site is a short drive from the Jonesborough exit from the N1.
Parking can be found at the cattle gate.
You will have to walk through two fields to reach the enclosure (cattle may be in the fields).