19th century murrain cross at Dunboyke Co Wicklow

I  am heading to Wicklow tomorrow  and I was  reminded of a really interesting  19th century  cross that I came across last year.   The cross is located  in a field close to the early medieval church site dedicated to St Kevin at Dunboyke Co Wicklow.

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The cross is what is know as a  murrain cross, it is cast iron and was placed here in the 19th century as a type of folk cure.  The word murrain  is a late Middle English word.  It  comes from the  Old French word morine, which comes from the  Latin mori ‘to die’.  Murrain refers to infectious diseases that affected cattle or other animals.  This little  cross was placed here to protect animals against sickness and outbreaks of contagious disease.