Historical Sites in our area.

In Folklore, Off the beaten track. on August 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Out walking on Sunday we stopped by Lough Meelagh, a small lake between Keadue and Ballyfarnon. Adjacent to the grounds of Kilronan Castle this little building was a folly for the gentry that once lived in the castle. The roof is long gone but the building has a certain charm about it.

Since I last visited the Ivy that had covered this building has been removed and some minor repairs carried out. The now visible stone is very odd shaped giving the building a gothic appearance.

Next stop was Kilronan graveyard where Edward King Tennyson, who dwelt at Kilronan Castle, now a hotel, is buried beneath this magnificent Celtic Cross.

Beautiful panels of Celtic designs adorn this cross. Whenever I pass this way I stop to look at it.

The designs are still as crisp as when they were first carved in the late 1800s.

Nearby is St. Lasair’s Holy Well where crawling under this slab 3 times and the recitation of prayers is said to be a cure for a bad back.

Drinking water from the spring well is also part of the cure. Many people still come here to pray and to find a cure for their ailments. Mass is celebrated here on the last Sunday in August. All these gems are only a few miles from our smallholding.

  1. Beautiful folly and wonderful stonework. The carving of the cross is amazing, speaking as a woodcarver , I can appretiate the work that was involved, wonderful how it has survived the weather of the centuaries. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. I love the stonework carvings. The history is so deep and so easy to overlooks. I am glad you took us and add the lore.

  3. What a beautiful spot! The way they carefully built and carved buildings back then was so meticulously done…so beautiful! Thanks for giving us a tour!

  4. The folly is charming. And what a beautiful Celtic cross. Thanks for the tour! The only ruins in our area are stone foundations of saw mills 🙂

  5. Bridget, we’re envious of the history and lore — each of the sites you introduced to us is so rich with heritage! I know that around here, people often fail to appreciate what they have in their own back yard. Bravo to you for seeing it and sharing it! And that Celtic cross is indeed gorgeous!

  6. There is just nothing like stone. Love the images and stories. I too have hurt my back recently but I would probably get stuck under the healing stone and that would not be exactly helpful OR lucky…

  7. Hi Bridget,
    What a fabulous looking Folly, Kilronan Castle must have been magnificent. The carving on the cross is amazing when you consider the age of it. It was obviously craved by a real artisan. I think I had better send my husband over to crawl under the slab, he put his back out at work today. Celtic folk law fascinates me I have several books on the subject. You live in a truly stunning area.
    Thank you for another enjoyable blog.

  8. Interesting post – nice to live in an historical area with lots to see.

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