S2034 : Sheela-na-gig, Fethard

taken 11 years ago, near to Fethard and Saucestown Bridge, Tipperary, Ireland

Sheela-na-gig, Fethard
Sheela-na-gig, Fethard
On a wall beside the site of the old Watergate near to Court Castle is a Sheela-na-gig. These vulgar erotic figures are particularly common in Ireland, and are also found in Britain and parts of Europe, on both church and secular buildings. Although there has been much debate about their purpose, or what they represent, there is still no consensus or definitive answer. The most popular explanation is that they are symbolic relics of pagan fertility, or similar.
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Friday, 26 June, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 9 July, 2009
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Carving   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! S 2084 3492 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:27.9455N 7:41.6462W
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Irish: geotagged! S 2084 3492
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