Sundials in Ireland - Medieval Dials

Donaghpatrick Co. Meath

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St.Patricks Church, Donaghpatrick.
According to tradition, St. Patrick founded a Church on this site, hence the Gaelic name Domhnach Padraig Patrick's Church. The Church was burned in 745, plundered in 949 and again in 1156. Apart from the medieval tower the Church was in ruins in 1682. It was rebuilt in 1805 incorporating the tower. The church we see today was rebuilt in 1895 again incorporating the medieval tower.

There is a medieval sundial carved on an irregular shaped stone approx 700mm wide by 470mm high, built into the field side of the low south wall of the cemetery.

The ancient stone dial is almost identical to the Kells Dial. 300mm in diam. with a 20mm diam by 20mm deep hole for a gnomon and 24 hour lines each 15° apart.

Lat 53° 42' North  Long 6° 45' West

Irish Grid  N  282250   272450

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