Fantstown, Co. Limerick


A report by Rory Sherlock in the North Munster Antiquarian Journal has just come to our attention and  joy of joys this tower house has a proper sheela na gig to add to our ever increasing list of Irish sheelas.

Located East of Kilmallock, Co. Limerick and is owned by Ned Moloney who lives in the bungalow a few yards from the tower. The sheela is carved in false relief on an external quoin stone, facing North and inserted horizontally. The stonework is similar to the rest of the building and this suggests that it is an original feature of the tower. (16/17th Century)
A tour of the inside reveals a very different approach to architechture and a trip up the stairs is really worthwhile.

Described thus:-long face with clear facial features, bald, jug ears, no breasts, slim body, skinny arms, both hands resting on thighs. Thin legs bent, feet turning outwards, large exaggerated vulva hanging between open legs.

Last modified 8 October 2015
Condition Good
Lat/Long 52.4023514,-8.5158644



O.S. Map No. 73

Grid Reference No. R 649/279

Holiday Map South

4k East of Kilmallock, visible from the main road and accessed down a decent farm track