'The Wart Stone' : Cross

TownlandDonagh
CountyMonaghan
Grid RefH 705 409
GPSH 70474 40891 (3m)
Longitude6° 55' 1.45" W
Latitude54° 18' 42.55" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGlaslough (1.4 Km)
OS Sheets19, 28A, 28B
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Donagh - Church
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 8th May 2010

I think this is a good example of cross-monument-folkloric-transfer (or something like that!) There is supposed to be a cup-marked stone in this graveyard, which could actually have been a bullaun stone . Or there was once a bullaun stone here that was known for its wart cures.

Now, tucked away in the back corner of the graveyard, the healing powers are attributed to the water that gathers in the empty socket of this cross base.

The cross base is stepped in profile and about 50cms tall.

The original purpose of bullan stones is not really known, but they have an undisputable association with water and Brigid worship. A 'bullaun' is a deep hemispherical cup hollowed out of a rock. Bullaun Stone refers to the rock itself, which can have many bullauns in it, although many are single.

It is generally thought that they date from the Bronze Age, but I personally believe there is a much old provenance to them and that there is a relationship to prehistoric rock art, for a good example of this see Glassamucky Mountain (County Dublin).

Ritual use of some bullaun stones has continued well into the Christian period and many are found in association with early churches (The Deer Stone (Glendalough D) (County Wicklow) is just one of many at Glendalough (County Wicklow)) and holy wells. Their presence at so many early Christian sites, to me, places them as being of massive importance to the pre-Christian inhabitants of Ireland and something the church was very eager to assimilate.

The beautiful example at St Brigit's Stone (County Cavan) still has its 'cure' or 'curse' stones. These would be used to by a visitor turning them whilst praying for (or cursing) someboby.

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