5. St Tighernach's Graveyard

Clones , Co. Monaghan

5. St Tighernach's Graveyard
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About 5. St Tighernach's Graveyard

5. St Tighernach's Graveyard in Clones, Co. Monaghan.

St Tighernach's Graveyard
On the way in to the graveyard we pass a magnificent Round Tower. It is some 23 metres high and a legacy of the town's monastic origins and a harsh reminder of Viking attacks.

These Round Towers, belonging to the 10th to 13th centuries, were used in the first instance as a belfry, then later to store monastic treasures and to provide a place of refuge in times of danger. The tower was originally about 96 feet high and had five storeys and a conical cap. The door was about 8 feet above the ground. The conical cap and top storey fell some time between 1591 and 1739.

In the graveyard is a sandstone sarcophagus which is thought to mark the grave of St Tighernach. It is a unique monument and is a solid block of stone with a carved mitred head on the eastern end and carved animal heads on the western end.

The graveyard also contains many distinctive headstones with mortality symbols and Coats of Arms of gaelic families - carvings which are unique to this area.

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