Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials

Clone Co. Wexford


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The ancient vertical stone sundial (inside the red circle) in the ruins of the 12thc. Clone Church, is the only remnant of the ancient monastery which preceded the church at this site.


FROM AUGUST 2011 THE ANCIENT SUNDIAL OF CLONE IS BEING STORED AT TINTERN ABBEY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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The 300mm wide by 100mm thick "stem" of the sundial rises 950mm above ground. It branches out into a 500mm diameter semi-circular "bowl" shaped head with a 200mm diameter semi-circular projection on the top. There are twelve timelines and nothing remains of the gnomon but the hole where a gnomon would have fitted. The function of the second hole in the top projection is a matter of conjecture.

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The end of the sundial shaft, which was buried in the ground at Clone, is now visible at Tintern Abbey and had been shaped to fit into a socketed stone in much the same way as the High Crosses were.


Socket stone on Iona Island, Scotland






Drawing by the Geologist/Antiquarian/Artist George V.Du Noyer 16th June 1862.

In addition to the detailed dimensions, notes on the drawing read   "Ancient Sun dial from the bank of the stream 200ft ESE of the old church of Clone Co. Wexford. Sheet 15/4"   "1½miles Southeast of Ferns"   "Back. This part of the stone beveled"   "Holes perforate the stone .....an 1½ inch apart. the lower hole slopes upwards"    "Slab of grey cist 4” thick"


Arriving in Ferns on the N11, turn onto Station Road and then take the first right.
Drive 1.3 kilometres and take the 2nd right onto Clone Road. The church is a further 800 metres in a large field on the left.

Irish National Monument No. 665

British Sundial Society SR No 4220

Lat 52° 34' North    Long 6° 30' West

IRISH GRID    T  301430   147350


If you know the location of a sundial in Ireland (NOT a mass produced DIY Store garden ornament) please email it to me (Click here to email M.J.Harley) - a member of British Sundial Society
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