Sundials in Ireland - Medieval Dials

Cloghane Co.Kerry

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Church ruins in the Old Burial Ground, Cloghane, in the Dingle Penninsula

The 13th Century medieval church, fell into ruins by the 18th Century. In 1828 a new Church of Ireland church was erected, but this in turn was abandoned in the 20th Century, and now the ruins of both churches stand side by side.

Cloghane Scratch Dial

There is an ancient 'scratch dial', about 150mm diameter, in the south wall of the old 13th Century church

While common in England, this type of dial is extremely rare in Ireland. I have only one other example recorded and that's at the Old Mellifont Abbey Co. Louth.

Lat 52° 14' North    Long 10° 11' West

Irish Grid      Q  050860   111300

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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