|KILNARUANE DECORATED PILLAR
|This beautiful and highly decorated upright stone,is located in a burial ground in an
early ecclesiastical enclosure. An upright stone (H 2.05m; 0.26m x 0.15m), long axis
NE-SW, in burial ground. SW face divided into four panels: uppermost, two pieces of
ribbon interlace; second panel, praying figure; third, Greek cross; lowest, St Paul and
St Anthony seated at pedestal table holding bread. NE face divided into three panels:
topmost, remains of spiral interlace; second, two pairs four legged animals; third, boat
with four oarsmen and fifth figure steering in stern, rowing through sea of crosses.
Two incisions (L 0.06; Wth 0.03; D 0.04) on top pillar indicate attachment of an
original further element. Adjacent are four deeply grooved boulders which may have
functioned as hinge/cornerstones in structure.
(Hourihane and Hourihane 1979, 65-73).
The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of
County Cork. Volume 1: West Cork' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1992).