Cloncha Cross, Culdaff, County Donegal

This national monument is the Cloncha Cross. It dates from the 10th century AD and stands over 12-feet high. Its beautiful carvings are a hybrid of Christian and Celtic artwork with geometric patterns on both sides alongside depictions of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. It also has carvings of two men with folded arms which could be depictions of St Paul and St Anthony in the desert. Cloncha and the nearby Carrowmore monastery were once regarded as important seats of skill and learning. During the 1600s the church was also favoured as the ‘choice’ resting place for Bishops and important members of the community. Other interesting relics on site include a pre-Christian bullaun stone, medieval grave slabs and a carving of a hurling stick that is used as the GAA’s emblem.