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In the porch
May 05, 2005, 07:41
There's a beautiful Xtianised standing stone in the porch of St Audoen's (St. Odin's !!!????*) in Dublin, known as <i>The Lucky Stone</i>. The church is Norman and the stone has been kept there since around 1300, but is much older. The stone is not local and was probably an eratic, but I've not heard anyone say where it came from. It's a dark, almost black, stone full of bits of mica and quartz. Obviously volcanic but not from the Wicklows.

The stone used to mark the start of the ancient road that crossed Ireland from coast to coast between the two Hurdle Bridges (the Irish name for Dublin, <i>Baile Atha Cliath</i>, means 'Town of the Hurdle Bridge').

* The reason why I think it could be St. Odin's is that it is just 100m from where they uncovered the main Viking settlement in Dublin. I've not heard anyone else propose this, but it does seem pretty obvious to me.
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