MONUMENT OF THE MONTH

MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
OF IRELAND.COM
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53 20' 37.363"N...6 16' 28.129"W
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The stone can be found in Saint Audoen's Church which stands to the west  of
Christchurch cathedral,
Dublin city. Entrance is via High Street and the staff of
the OPW will helpfully guide you to its location.
THE LUCKY STONE
CO.DUBLIN
This late 9th century grave-slab stood outside the Tower of Saint Audoen's church for centuries. It was
rumoured to have a supernatural guardian, because, despite being removed a number of times from the church, it
always returned to its rightful place. In 1308 a marble cistern was erected in Cornmarket to provide the citizens
of Dublin with their first public water supply. "The Lucky Stone" was set up beside the cistern so that all that
drank the water might have luck. Local Merchants believed that success in business depended largely on making
a daily visit to touch the stone. In 1826 "The Lucky Stone" was stolen by people from outside Dublin. However,
during the theft the stone became heavier and heavier until the horse collapsed under the weight. The thieves
dumped the stone on waste ground. Later,when workmen attempted to smash it,the stone moaned and rolled.
Reverend Dr Alexander Leeper ( Rector and Prebendary 1859-94 ) set the stone in its present position in the
1860's. It is said the ghosts of the clergymen still walk the passageway to protect the stone.
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
SEPT 2009
PHOTO by Pip POWELL
SEPT 2009
PHOTO by Pip POWELL
SEPT 2009
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