Trysting Stones in Ireland

Trysting Stones

Centuries ago, before wedding ceremonies moved from the bride’s house to the church steps, and finally into the church itself, the joining of a couple was often conducted in a place of mystical significance. On Cape Clear, Co. Cork, there is a townland called Comillane where you’ll find a pillarstone known as Cloch na Gealluna – ‘The Trysting Stone’. It has a hole right through it and in pre-Christian times, a couple would join hands through the stone and in the presence of the local king, they would wed. Similarly, at Kilmaolcheader church near Dingle, Co. Kerry, stands a pillar with a circular opening near the top. It’s said that a couple is engaged if they join hands through the opening.

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