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dougf
Sheela-na-gig at Fantstown Castle
Date: Nov 8, 2009 3:36:14 PM PST
Author: dougf

I visited Fantstown Castle this morning and was shown(by the elder Mr. Maloney) the sheela-na-gig that is set as (an apparently original) quoin stone about 4 meters up on the north corner of the castle, facing NE.

Mr. Maloney told me that the castle was built in two parts, the narrower NE section (w/ spiral staircase) first in the 13th or 14th century, with the rest of the tower built later. The upper part of the larger section was replaced a few hundred years later.

So, the sheela appears to be from around 1300. I put my photo of the sheela up on the web at http://pix.ie/dougf/1336449 and the castle at http://pix.ie/dougf/1336461 .

The sheela is also referenced at http://www.irelands-sheelanagigs.org/archive/index-47422.php.html and http://www.beyond-the-pale.org.uk/zxFantstown.htm .
 

 

John
 
Date: Nov 10, 2009 2:38:39 PM PST
Author: John

Cheers for the input. The information on the Sheela-na-gig is accurate.
John
 

 
 
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