Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments
This stone is located at the side of a road on a steep hill called Seskin which overlooks the town of Carrick-on-Suir. It’s conglomerate boulder measuring 0.7m - 0.45m in height, 1.5m in width and 1.1m in depth. It is known locally as the "Friar's Stone" or “Mass Rock”
Looking almost like a seat, it has a shelf 0.9m in length and 0.35m width with a depth of 0.1-0.2m is excavated into its flat upper surface.
The name 'Mass Rock' suggests that it may have been used in mid-seventeenth century Ireland as a location for Catholic worship. Isolated locations were sought to hold religious ceremony, as observing the Catholic mass was a matter of difficulty and danger at the time as a result of Cromwell's campaign against the Irish.
Directions: Seskin Hill is just a short distance from the town centre of Carrick on the southern side of the river Suir. Just ask directions for the “Mass Rock”.
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