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Ballyquaid Mass Pit

The Ballyquaid Mass Pit is located in a hollow or depression in a rural setting in an area known as Killameestia, not far from  Newtown or Skirk (Skeirke).


The site is well sign posted and has a newly built altar placed under a shelter at the site. It also has a font located at the site and a number of memorial plaques.

My sincere thanks to Patrick Dease for the information and the photographs. Site co-ordinates: 52°54'07.1"N 7°38'47.9"W

Oughaval Mass Rock

Information taken from the Coillte website:


Oughaval Wood or Coill na Nuachabhála, meaning Wood of new settlement forms part of the Natural Heritage Area (NHA) of Stradbally Hill. The wood was once part of the Cosby Estate and the old estate stone walls still run through the property


A Mass Rock may be found nestled within the trees where Mass was conducted during Penal times (c1691-1727).


A stone cross was erected in 1957 and an altar and seating were erected to mark the Millennium. Mass is celebrated here on occasion and the site is signposted.



Many thanks to Patrick Dease for alerting me to this site and for the wonderful photographs.


Cullahill (Cullohill) Mass Rock, County Laois.



The Mass Rock is located behind the Crossroads at Cullahill village just a short distance away from Cullahill Castle ruin and a sixteenth-century Church ruin which can be seen from the Castle.

Cullahill is on the R639 midway between the towns of Johnstown in Kilkenny and Durrow in Laois. 

There is a modern garage and petrol station beside the crossroads in the village and the various antiquities are located behind this. 

The Mass Rock stands in a farmer’s field signposted just off a well-kept nature trail which is also signposted.

My sincere thanks to Patrick Dease for the information and the photographs.

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