Ballyvourney (Cork)


This figure, carved in false relief on a window-top of the old church has been hacked, so it was considered to be exhibitionist - but otherwise shows no sheela-like characteristics. It more resembles the Lough Erne figures of White Island and Lusty More Island, and might well be a representation of Saint Gobnait of Ballyvourney, a Christianised fertility-goddess whose symbol was the bee.

The figure is touched during the túras or Pattern of St Gobnait on the eleventh of February.