This small stone cross is located at the entrance to St Dowlagh’s Church in Balgriffin, co. Dublin. It must have been transferred from somewhere else or may have been given as a gift as it is made with non-local granite. In the complex is a stone pool-house and an  Ireland’s only surviving standalone baptistry. The oldest part of the church dates from the 12th century however Christian activity here dates back further, to the time of St. Patrick. Very little is known of St Doulagh, but it is calculated that he lived in the early 7th century and lived as a anchorite (like a hermit). Anchoritism was common in the early church and has strong links to the Eastern churches. In the 19th century there was some dispute over the existence of St Doulagh (if he was actually the 10th century Viking god, Olave) and if it was the Vikings who actually built this church. Recent research has however confirmed he did exist and that the methods of construction for the church were indigenous. St Doulagh’s is Ireland’s oldest stoneroofed church which is still in use today.

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