The Roscrea Pillar

The Roscrea pillar or the Timoney Stone as it is sometimes referred to, is now in the restored Black Mills on Church Street. It is thought to have been carved between 720 and 810 but the exact date is unknown. The Roscrea pillar has been exposed to the elements for many years making the carvings almost impossible to decipher.

But thanks to the work of Miss Helen M Roe, some of its mysteries have been revealed. Three sides out of four are decorated with two separate scenes on each side. The best preserved side features the medieval concept of an elephant, an animal seen to symbolize morality and chastity, the lower half of this side has twelve knobs or bosses, of which four are in a square and the rest circling around the centre.