Shanrahan Church, Co. Tipperary.
Has a fine figure (maybe two) on the outside of it’s tower. About 10m up but quite easy to see.
Founded in the 7th century by St. Cathaldus (Cathal) who, went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land but on his return was shipwrecked on the coast of Taranto, southern Italy, where he was made welcome and stayed until he died.More
Revisited this site to check that lead and spoke to Patrick Griffin, who showed me the location of the second sheela, which was discovered by Ed O’Riordan in January 1999. This one is on the opposite East wall, set low down and now visible for all to see.
A suggestion that the one on the tower has quartz pebbles for eyes, and an ear made of a different stone must be questioned, as all I can see is some white lichen in the eye socket.
Map No. 74…GR No. R 991/135
Holiday Map East
44k S of Cashel and 18k E of Mitchelstown
Between Ballyporeen and Clogheen
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