Stone Font, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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This enormous stone bowl or font stands/stood in Tallaght in South County Dublin. The creation of such a font must have been a great undertaking at the time and have taken a long time to complete. What was it used for and is it still in situ?

While I have the vaguest of notions that we have come across archaic words for a font previously ("pant"?), I do not think we've encountered the word "losset" before. But, apparently, this is what we have here. Losset is an old-Irish word for a trough, and this example is St. Maelruan's Losset in Tallaght. Apparently used for ceremonial feet bathing (rather than as a baptismal font), it seems quite ancient. Though, was apparently moved in the very late 19th century - perhaps dating this image to after c.1899...

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Perhaps after c.1899 (re-sited?)

NLI Ref: M14/31

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    • 05/Jun/2018 07:50:44

    St. Maelruain's Losset. The Parish Newsletter is named "The Losset" -

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    • 05/Jun/2018 07:53:07

    Location is here - (You'll have to zoom in through the gates to see it!)

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    domenico milella

    • 05/Jun/2018 07:54:01

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    • 05/Jun/2018 07:55:13,709044,727790,12,9

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    • 05/Jun/2018 07:58:28

    St Maelruain's Losset

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    • 05/Jun/2018 08:32:51

    [[email protected]] Good work! The font or foot bath seems to have been moved; see these two French / Lawrence photos with the church in the background - (earlier) (can anyone read a date on the white grave stone?)

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    • 05/Jun/2018 09:05:43

    Photo by Edward Mooney:[email protected]/9082181871/

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    • 05/Jun/2018 09:15:14's%20Font,%20Talla... indicates that it was probably used by pilgrim's to bathe their feet on Maundy Thursday or during pilgrimages to the site.

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    • 05/Jun/2018 09:55:11

    caveman bathtub.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Jun/2018 10:01:06 So from the Lawrence shots, the Mason is before the move, yes?

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    • 05/Jun/2018 10:20:10

    [] I don't know where it moved from, but those rectangular blocks underneath are newish and look vaguely temporary (still there 120 years later!). So no, I think the Mason is after the move, unlike this one which is pre 1899 and not on blocks (clicking through to the original book title page) - [] As seen in the book - 1899 title page - Which means that the font moved after c. 1899. Or not?

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    • 05/Jun/2018 10:39:31

    Very similar to the font at Santans church, near Glenasmole.

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    • 05/Jun/2018 22:31:10

    That is truly beautiful. I hope it's still around somewhere.

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    • 05/Jun/2018 23:33:14

    Bird bath, anyone? Probably for Geese or Ostrich, though.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 06/Jun/2018 08:00:09

    nicely framed

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    • 11/Jun/2018 19:37:36

    Amazing, I never knew that was there. I used to get the bus to college just a few meters down the road and our old post office was close to it as well.

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    john waters

    • 25/Oct/2018 09:08:16

    Still there