Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Carrickbeg Stone

Carrickbeg Stone

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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