Turoe

 

This site takes its name from the Turoe Stone also known as "Cloch an Tuair Rua " (The Stone of the Red Pasture). It dates back to the Iron age and is thought to have been carved between 150 BC to 250 BC. The Turoe stone is a beautifully decorated phallic stone, one of the finest examples of these ritual stones in Europe. The top half is covered with a curvilinear design typical of the Celtic art style known as La Tene. The middle is decorated with a form of Greek key. In fact it is very similar to the Omphalus Stone at Delphi. The Omphalus Stone was considered the centre of the world as the Greeks knew it. Perhaps it is not taking too much of a liberty to surmise that the Turoe Stone was the centre of a Celtic World. This site, a small centre in its own way, invokes the spirit of that Celtic world where art, nature and the sacred infuse life with mystery and delight.