This National Monument is one of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland. High Crosses developed from slab crosses which as the name suggests were big slabs of granite with crosses carved onto them. This one was therefore carved during this transitional period when someone started knocking off the corners of a granite slab and out popped our first ‘Celtic Cross’. This one is beautifully decorated with both Christian depictions and Celtic artwork. It’s interlacing patterns are similar to those found in The Book of Durrow and symbolizes the Tree of Life. The early crosses do not portray Christ in a suffering position but as a victor over death.

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