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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.

Celtic Cross @ Kilronan Graveyard.

In Off the beaten track. on March 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Celtic Cross at Kilronan.

Some people don’t like to visit graveyards, maybe it reminds then of their own mortality, I, however, find them interesting and full of historical information. Recently, on the way home from Kilronan Castle, I stopped by the graveyard which is about a mile from Keadue village. It is most famous as the burial place of Turlough O’Carolan the famous harpist and bard who was buried here in 1738. I could’nt find any original stone that marked O’Carolan’s grave. There is however a plaque that was inserted in the old Abbey wall sometime in the 80s. The magnificient Celtic Cross is situated on the highest point in the graveyard overlooking the lake and is the burial place of Edward King Tennison of Kilronan Castle.

Detail from Celtic Cross.

I am totally amazed by this cross and to me it is a true work of art. The Celtic patterns on it are really beautiful and it would have taken a true craftsman to carve them. There are many interpretations of the meanings of these Celtic symbols. To me the outer symbolises continuity, perhaps the continuity of reincarnation? The inner spirals are said to represent balance between inner and outer consciousness.

We really will never know the true meaning of these symbols as they are all symbols from the Druidic faith in which it was forbidden to put sacred material in writing. Each of us, whatever our belief, can look at these symbols and take some meaning from them. They are universal in their appeal.

Continuity, connectedness or the endless cycle of life and death?

Also in the graveyard is the ruin of the old 14th century church. All that remains now are the walls and this magnificient Romanesque doorway which was reused from an earlier church built on the site in late 12th or early13th century.