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Killeen in County Mayo, Connacht, Ireland — Irish West
 

Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab

Clew Bay Archaeological Trail site 15

 

Slí Seandálaíochta Chuan Módh

 
Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
1. Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab Marker
Inscription.
This graveyard is now in the area known as Killeen. There is no trace of the early Christian church but there is a circular raised platform within the graveyard which could indicate where the original church stood.

Tradition has it that if a person found guilty of any crime placed a finger in the keyhole of the church door, he/she would be let go free.

In the graveyard, there is a large standing stone, leaning precariously, which was christianised during the seventh century with a Maltese Cross – a four-petaled tulip design, enclosed by a double circle.

Marking the grave of Reverend David Lyons is an early Christian slab, inscribed with a main cross at the centre surrounded by four smaller crosses. This type of cross is known as the Cross of the Thieves.

Reilig an Chillín agus Crosleacht
Tá an reilig seo anois sa cheantar a dtugtar an Cillín air. Mar sin féin, d’fhéadfadh sé gur thug an séipéal ar an láthair seo an t-ainm don bhaile fearainn in aice láimhe, Cill an Dúin. Níl aon rian ann den séipéal luathChríostaí ach tá ardán ciorclach sa reilig a d’fhéadfadh a bheith mar leid ar cá raibh an séipéal tráth den saol.

De réir an traidisiúin, dá gcuirfeadh duine a chiontófaí i gcoir a mhéar i bpoll na heochrach i ndoras an tséipéil ligfí saor é nó í. Sa reilig, tá gallán cloiche
Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
2. Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab Marker
On wall to left of gate. Looking south.
mór, a bhfuil leathmhaing air, agus a críostaíodh sa seachtú haois le Cros Mhálta – dearadh tiúilipe ceithredhuilleach, iata ag ciorcal dúbailte.

Tá leacht luathChríostaí mar mharc ar uaigh an Urramaigh David Lyons, agus tá príomhchros inscríofa sa lár agus ceithre chros bheaga ina timpeall. Is Cros na nGadaithe a thugtar ar an gcineál sin croise.
 
Erected by Mayo County Council, South West Mayo, and Comhoail Oileáin na hÉireann.
 
Location. 53° 42.801′ N, 9° 52.997′ W. Marker is in Killeen, Connacht, in County Mayo. Click for map. Marker is on the graveyard wall, adjacent to the gate, across the street from the Church of the Holy Family Catholic Church, about 2km east of the coast and about 8km SW of Louisburgh.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bunlahinch Clapperbridge (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Srahwee or Altóir Megalithic Wedge Tomb (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); Famine Museum and Granuaile Centre, Louisburgh (approx. 7.4 kilometers away); 1849 Famine Walk (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); Lime Kiln, Moneen, (approx. 8.8 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Clew Bay Archaeological Trail. (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
2. Pillar Stones, Ogam Stones, & Cross Pillars
Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
3. Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone
. (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
3. Megalithic Ireland. (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
 
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Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
4. Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone
Side view.
Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
5. Killeen Graveyard Maltese Cross Stone
Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
6. Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab
Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
7. Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab
Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab Reverse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
8. Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab Reverse
At left. Looking west toward coastline and Inis Toire in background.
Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
9. Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab
Looking NE, with Croagh Patrick in right distance.
Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
10. Killeen Graveyard Cross Slab
Holy Family Church in background.
Holy Family Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 24, 2009
11. Holy Family Church Marker
 
 
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