This National Monument is Cloncha Church located near the village of Culdaff. This location is one of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland and from the sixth century onwards, it was favoured by bishops as a final resting place. The glory of Cloncha is the striking high cross in the field just beside this church which standis 4 metres tall. Inside this 17th century ‘planters’ church are a number of beautiful carved stones. The original monastery was much larger and some of the artifacts found are now held in the National Museum. The monastery of Carrowmore is located just a few miles away from Cloncha so this would again indicate that this area was a great seat of skill and learning. Interesting fact…Inside the church is a grave stone effigy with a sculpted hurling stick, this is the one used the GAA emblem. 

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