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Dunboe Sundial
Dunboe Parish Church

Two metres up on the south wall of St. Paul's Church of Ireland, Dunboe Parish, Articlave, is a 535mm wide by 750mm high by 10mm thick vertical direct south facing slate sundial dated "AD 1823".

It is held in place by three (originally four but one is now missing) corroding iron brackets with resultant minor rust stains on the face of the dial. It is engraved to show the time from 6a.m. to 6p.m. in Roman numerals with hour, half hour, and quarter hour divisions. There is a noon gap to compensate for the thickness of the gnomon. The brass gnomon is probably a replacement,

There are two globes engraved at the top of the dial with a centrally placed hourglass between them. Inscribed below the globes and hour glass is "Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours, And ask them what report they bore to heav'n". (a quotation from "The Complaint: or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality" Edward Young 1683-1765 ) There is a sun burst with 'tongues of fire' rays at the root of the gnomon

Articlave is situated 5km west of Coleraine on the A2 road.

Lat 55°9' North  Long 6° 47' West

Irish Grid     C   278500    433900

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