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 a drawing by the Geologist/Antiquarian/Artist George V.Du Noyer circa 1860.

In addition to the scale and detailed dimensions, notes on the drawing read
"Ancient Sun dial on Innishcealtra Lough Derg.
Length of Stone 4ft 9"
Thickness 3" with a channel cut along one edge and round the top.
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 was supposed to have been moved to  inside St.Caimin's Church. It's no longer there and I have been reliably informed that it's now in OPW storage in Athenry

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

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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