On Mon, 24 Jun 2002 14:20:39 -0400, Francine Nicholson
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>Tomás Ó Broin, Celtica 21, pp. 393-401. You can find it on line at:
>To state it simply, Ó Broin contends that the Lia Fáil mentioned in texts
>was a flagstone on which the king stepped to be inaugurated. In his view,
I found a picture of a stone that matches this description, complete with
footprint (the footprint impression is part of Ó Broin's description). It
currently is being used as a sort of capstone on a holy well at
Patrickswell, Rathvilly, County Carlow. The stone has an impression
identified as the footprint of Patrick. Interestingly, though, there is a
bit of sovereignty lore still adhering to the stone or at least to the
well: it's said this is where Patrick baptised Crimthann, the local king
who had allegedly been persecuting Christians. See p. 28 of Rickard and O'
Callaghjan, _Fish, Stone, Water_ (Cork, 2001).