Known as the ‘Lord of the Mound’, CROM-CRUAICH was a large megalithic standing stone at Magh Slaecht, the so-called ‘Plain of Adoration’, surrounded by twelve subservient stone pillars and an air of mystery.
Each year children were sacrificed to him to ensure fertile crops and good harvests. Eventually Christianity came along and put a stop to all that. St PATRICK said it was made of gold, and that he destroyed it with a wave of his crosier. He also claimed that there was a demon inside which jumped out and ran off. CROM-CRUAICH then bowed down to Patrick and went all droopy, remaining so for evermore.
This was a great public relations exercise for Christianity. But we feel St Paddy was not one to let a little wild exaggeration stand in the way of one of his ‘me and me crosier’ yarns.