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ABBEYLARA Sheela-na-Gig
ABBEYLARA Sheela-na-Gig, COUNTY LONGFORD
This Sheela-na-gig can be found protruding from the inner face of the south wall of
the crossing-tower of the Cistercian abbey of Abbeylara, at a height of 2.5m and is a
decorated figure carving in sandstone measuring 0.37m x 0.22m. The carving has been
interpreted as a very weathered representation of a sheela-na-gig, although an
alternative view has been suggested that it might be taken as a crude representation of
a Virgin and Child with the female genitalia being represented as an oval or
lozenge-shaped shield in which is a figure in low relief of an infant. The condition of
the carving makes it impossible to classify with any degree of certainty and the
interpretation given is purely tentative.
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