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Rathborney Church

Rathborney Curch, The Burren, Co Clare

The present church, located in an old ringfort dates from c.1500, although the lower parts of the north and east walls are somewhat older.

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bullaun stone
An old bullaun stone lying outside the church. Bullauns are often associated with ancient monasteries and churches. Smooth pebbles (curse stones or cure stones) would be turned in the basin, litanies recited and curses cast or cures effected. Another theory is that bullauns were used to hold sacred offerings of milk or water. More likely, though, is that they were used in the grinding of corn.

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