Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials

Kilcummin Co.Mayo

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Sundial inside red circle

The old cemetery of Kilcummin is named after the early Irish Saint Cuimín, and derives from the Irish Cill Chuimín, meaning "Church of Cuimín. The remains of the church of Saint Cuimín are still to be found in the cemetery

Ancient Sundial at Kilcummin
Many thanks to Micheal Murphy of Killasser, Swinford for photo.

There is an ancient vertical stone dial in the old cemetery, 400 mm high (probably a lot longer but its buried beneath the ground) by 380 mm wide by 70 mm thick. dated circa 700A.D. The dial face is divided into four equal sections by four grooves that radiate from a gnomon hole with each groove terminating in a semi-circle. Other time lines may have been painted on the dial face. The shadow casting gnomon is missing.

Kilcummin is located 7km north of Killala on on the coast of Co. Mayo.
Lat 54° 16' North    Long 9°13' West

IRISH GRID    G   1 20740    3 36010

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