This small summit gave me a surprise. As I fumbled about in the trees looking for the summit I wandered into a large clearing with an impressive stone circle/tomb in a very good state of preservation.
A bit of research has revealed it is marked on old 25 and 6 inch maps but not much else.
The placename Garrylaurence has however unearthed a bit more information.
Just down the road is Clonmult, the site of an IRA ambush which took place during the war of Independence. Near the village is a holy well dedicated to St Laurence in the townland of Garrylaurence/Garraí Labhráis meaning Field/Garden of Laurence. It is located in a small enclosure beside the narrow road that I used to access this hill.
A large statue of St Laurence and a small stone cross bearing the inscription INRI Saint Laurence and the date 1824, sit on top of the roof of the well hut.
St Laurence is Laurence O’ Toole a 12th century Irish saint who was abbot of Glendalough and later Bishop of Dublin. He died in the monastery at Eu, in Normandy and his tomb in Eu became a place of pilgrimage and many miracles were attributed to his intercession. He was canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius and his remains were moved to a tomb in front of the High Altar on the 10th of May.The nearby church church at Clonmult is also dedicated to the saint.
The saints feast day is the 14th of November , but the 9th of August was the main day for pilgrimage at Garrylaurence.
The Ordnance Survey Letters of O'Donovan written in 1841 state
"A holy well called ‘St Laurence Well’ where paterns were annually held some years since on the 9th of August…"
In 1917 Canon Power records that " rounds were made here chiefly on August the 9th and votive offering of ‘usual character ‘ on the tree branches ‘which are immediately over the sacred fountain". Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1239/comment/15839/