C0336 : Sandhill Mass Rock

taken 16 years ago, near to Portnablahy, Co Donegal, Ireland

Sandhill Mass Rock
Sandhill Mass Rock
Sandhill Mass Rock near Dunfanaghy.

The following article on Mass rocks is taken from LinkExternal link

"A Mass rock (Carraig an Aifrinn in Irish) is a stone used in mid-seventeenth century Ireland as a location for Catholic worship. Isolated locations were sought to hold religious ceremony, as Catholic mass was a matter of difficulty and danger at the time as a result of both Cromwell's campaign against the Irish, and the Penal Law of 1695. Bishops were banished and priests had to register thereafter. In some cases priest hunters were used.

In many instances a stone would be taken from a church ruin, and relocated to a rural area, with a simple cross carved on its top. Because the activity was illegal, the services were not scheduled and their occurrence was communicated verbally between parishioners.

The practice had waned by the late seventeenth century, when worship moved to thatched Mass houses."
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C0336, 3 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Saturday, 19 April, 2008   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 April, 2008
Rock Feature > Rocks   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! C 037 366 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:10.6019N 7:56.5327W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! C 037 366
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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