Tinure, county Louth

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Nearest village: Monasterboice


The vertical face of Silurian shale is decorated by fine incised lines and tiny punched holes - partly obscured by the initials of vandals.
These engravings are thought to be of Neolithic rather than Bronze Age date, and are very rare in Ireland.

The scandalously-unprotected and defaced slab over 2 metres high and 1.5 metres wide,
partly-obscured by brambles, lies 70 metres N of the by-road from Tinure Cross to Kieran's Cross.
It is not marked on the map.



Compare with the more extensive, elaborate and better-preserved groovings at Glanrastel in Kerry.

 

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