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One of two stones dedicated to St Patrick, in South Tipperary reinstated and protected - Cllr. Martin Lonergan

One of two stones dedicated to St Patrick, in South Tipperary reinstated and protected - Cllr. Martin Lonergan

Local Independent County Councillor for Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Martin Lonergan has welcomed the fact that an historic stone associated with St. Patrick has been reinstated near where it would have been located centuries before following discussions with Tipperary County Council, local historians and Goatenbridge/Ballybacon Development Association.

Commenting on the news Cllr Lonergan said, “The stone is what archaeologist's call a ‘Bullaun stone'. Bullaun stones are artificial basins or hollows/depressions in rocks, boulders and stone and are held to be of early medieval date. The majority are found at early medieval ecclesiastical sites but some stones are found in isolation.

This stone is a short distance away from the ruin of the medieval church of Ballybacon in my own Parish, and is located in the townland of Killaidamee. Located at the junction of the Ardfinnan to Goatenbridge road and the Ballybacon road, the stone is a naturally shaped limestone boulder and has a natural shallow curved groove in the upper surface on top of the stone.”

Recently, removal of the junctions hedgegrows took place meaning the stone was removed from where it was located to a more safe and suitable area across the road. Following discussions, the stone has been raised on a plinth and an informative plaque explaining its origins and history will be located next to it, according to Cllr. Lonergan.

Concluding Cllr Lonergan added, “I am pleased that this bit of medieval history in Ballybacon will be located in an area accessible to the public and visitors alike and will be explained and protected for generations to come and I want to thank Goatenbridge/Ballybacon Development Association and Walter Doheny, GSS for the area for facilitating its reinstatement.”