Irish Labyrinths

For a country known for its mysticism and spirituality,
Ireland contains relatively few labyrinths. 

One of the oldest and most well known is the 'Hollywood Stone' which was found lying face down in a grassy lane near the village of Hollywood in County Wicklow, by some local men hunting ferrets.

Dating from around the sixth century CE, the Hollywood Stone most likely has some direct connection with the ancient pilgrimages to the monastic settlement at Glendalough.

Since December 2005, the Hollywood Stone is once again on public view in the Visitors Centre at Glendalough, after lying in storage in the National Museum in Dublin for almost twenty years. More about the Hollywood Stone, St Kevins Way and Glendalough...

Many have claimed that the tri-spiral at Newgange is a
labyrinth as it is possible to see an almost continuous path
through the tri-spiral.

The  only known non-modern medieval style labyrinth
in Ireland is now mounted on the wall at the Church of
St Laurence in Rathmore, County Meath.  The design
of this labyrinth is similar to labyrinths found in
churches around Europe.
More about Rathmore Church and Labyrinth....

Another classical design was found in the cobbled
stone floor in Bridgetown House in Castletownroche,
County Cork.  Unfortunately, this labyrinth is no longer
visible; essential repairs involved it being preserved
underneath a new floor.

A more modern labyrinth was found in the Church of
St Regnus, Burt, County Donegal.  Curious about these
three seven circuit classical labayrinths in Ireland is that
they are all right handed labyrinths as opposed to the
more common nowadays left handed labyrinth.

Thanks to Jeff Saward for this information. 
For a more detailed commentary on labyrinths in
Ireland and around the world see Jeffs Website,

The Hollywood Stone
Photo: Tony Christie
Floor of Bridgetown House, Castletownroche
courtesy of Jeff Saward,
Photo: Tony Christie
Photo: Tony Christie
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