Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials

Iniscealtra Co. Clare


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St Caimin's church

The ruins of the round tower and St. Caimin's Church, Iniscealtra

Inside St Caimin's church

Some slabs collected from the "Saint's Graveyard" and now displayed inside St. Caimin's Church

Copy of Du Noyer's original drawing
Copy of Du Noyer's original drawing
Page from Mrs Gatty's Book of Sundials
Page from Mrs. Gatty's Book of Sundials 1872

About 1km from the mainland, the 50 acre Iniscealtra island in Lough Derg on the river Shannon has the ruins of an 80 foot tall round tower, 5 churches, monastic cells and a cemetery with approximately 80 pre 12th century graves. An ancient vertical stone sundial approximately 1500mm high by 400mm wide and dated to the 7th century was originally located in the cemetery. It is supposed to be (my informant could not find it!).inside St.Caimin's Church. The dial is now presumed 'lost'

The island of Inishcealtra (also called Holy Island) is reached by boat from Mountshannon 50Km North East of Limerick on the R352 road.

National Monument No 5

Lat 52° 55' North    Long 8° 27' West

Irish Grid   R   169890   185003



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