The Bishops Stone

Located in the cemetery of the Parish Church of Killadeas are several interesting stones, probably the most noted is known as the Bishops stone, this odd shaped stone has been altered and reused several times, originally thought to have been a carved figure similar to those on nearby White Island, the body of the figure has been chiselled away and replaced with interlacing, later an ecclesiastical figure carrying a bell and crozier was carved on the western side of the stone and also the inscription "ROBARTACH" added. It is thought the stone may have also been used as a corbel at some time.

Cup marked/Bullaun stone

Another stone with a history is the large slab standing west of the bishops stone, one side of the stone bears at least ten cup-shaped hollows, which suggest this maybe a multiple bullaun stone that has been reused as a Christian cross slab, as on the obverse face is a Greek cross in a circle with a bifurcated stem. There is also the weathered inscription "BENDACHT AR ART U LURCAIN" a blessing upon Art ua Lurcain.

Holed Stone

Situated south of the bullaun stone is a holed stone, pictured left, as the image shows this stone is half embedded in the ground. Immediately to the West of the holed stone is a broken 1.2 metre high standing stone. This stone may have been damaged because of its phallic shape.


Situated: In the cemetery of the Parish of Killadeas in the Townland of Rockfield, County Fermanagh. From Fermanagh Town take the A32 North, then the B82 for Killadeas, as you enter Killadeas the Church of Ireland cemetery is on the Western side of the road.

Discovery Map 17: H 2057 5399. Last visit July 2005.

Longitude: 7° 40' 59" W

Latitude: 54° 26' 2" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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