Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Lucky Stone of Medieval Dublin

The Lucky Stone

The above stone, dating from around the 9th century used to be part of the Slí Mor or medieval highway, the remains of an esker, which possibly ran from the Brazen Head west as far the Shannon to the settlement of Clonmacnoise and continued on into the West. Pilgrims setting out on the journey to Clonmacnoise would rub the stone and pray for a safe journey reciting the ancient "Tonga  na Dia thungus mo thuath"(I swear by the God my people swear by). In 1308 a marble cistern, providing a public water supply, was erected at the Cornmarket and the stone placed beside it. It was considered lucky to drink here. In 1826 the stone was stolen but the thieves had no luck and it apparently became heavier until they were forced to abandon it. When workmen attempted to break it up it was said to have rolled and moaned.It has been at its current site since 1860 

The Stone is located at St Audeons in the heart of Medieval Dublin. Admission is free

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