Survey Data

Reg No

30325011


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical


Original Use

Monument


In Use As

Monument


Date

1840 - 1845


Coordinates

65112, 250453


Date Recorded

18/07/2008


Date Updated

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Description

Square-plan stepped profile monument, erected c.1842, having rubble stone, dressed granite plinth, limestone upper section comprising cut limestone plinth and ashlar limestone blockwork and pyramidal concrete cap. Recent carved limestone plaque to west elevation commemorating John D'Arcy (1785-1839), founder of Clifden. Various examples of graffiti dating from 1871 etched into limestone section. Located on peak of hill overlooking western end of town.

Appraisal

This eye-catching monument acts not only as a memorial to John D'Arcy the founder of Clifden but also as a focal point for visitors and locals people to observe the town and its setting within the wider landscape of Connemara, affording breathtaking views of the mountains, bogs and the coastline. The contrast of the local granite and non-local limestone is interesting.