Aghade, Bullaun Stone, Co. Carlow.

Location – S of Tullow in the grounds of All Saint Church (Church of Ireland).  The church is visible from the N81 – take the first left after the sign for the Cloc an Phoill at Aghade.  If you get to the junction with the N80 you have gone too far. The stone is located just inside the church gate to the right underneath the branches of an evergreen tree.  OS: S 852 684.
Longitude: 6° 44' 16.06" W
Latitude: 52° 45' 35.97" N


Description and History
– This bullaun is small and simple and measures about 50cm in diameter with a single basin measuring about 20cm in diameter.  In 1151 a Augustinian Abbey was founded here for nuns by Dermot who was the son of Murchad, the King of Leinster.  The Rectory was still standing in 1549.  All that remains of this earlier church is the bullaun stone and an unnamed holy well that I was unable to locate.

Difficulty – Easy enough to find but the OS map locates the stone on the left of the track to the church as you go in the gate.  It is on the right.

Nearby Sites:

Aghade, holed stone.
Ardristan, church.
Craans, standing stone (forthcoming)


 
The modern church where the Bullaun is now situated.


Some of the gravemarkers look much older than the church and may belong to the former church.

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