Sundials in Ireland - Medieval Dials

Kells Co. Meath


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An ancient stone dial, originally intended to lie flat, it now leans against the wall of St. Columba's Church, Kells, which is built on the site of the 6th century Kells Monastery.

Almost identical to the dial at nearby Donaghpatrick. 320mm in diam. with a ¾ inch deep hole for a gnomon and 24 hour lines each 15° apart. Carved on a stone 4 ft.long by 16 inches wide.





Sketch made by the Geologist/Antiquarian/Artist George Du Noyer
The notes on the drawing read - "length of stone above ground 4 ft" "diameter of outer circle 12½ in. inner 9 -"
"From the grave yard of the church of Kells Co Meath. 15 June 64"


Another dial, now lost, drawn by the Geologist/Antiquarian/Artist George Du Noyer.
"June 1866 Slab of grit from the grave yard of Kells abbey - I believe this also a very primitive sun dial . the hole being for the insertion of a wooden Gnomon"

Kells is 25km north of Navan on the N3 to Cavan

National Monument No 108

Lat 53° 43' North  Long 6° 51' West

Irish Grid N  273971   275870


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