The beautiful Moone High Cross is a masterpiece among granite crosses and is the 2nd largest in Ireland. Only 200 High crosses survive in Ireland with the majority being fragmentary like the holed cross also found on this site. High Crosses were erected near entrance to monasteries or were commissioned by High Kings to show the close relationship they had to the church. The shape of the Moone Cross is quite unique, consisting of 3 parts. The upper part and base were discovered in the graveyard of the abbey in 1835 and were re-erected by the Duke of Leinster in 1850. In 1893 the middle section of the shaft was then discovered and the cross was finally reconstructed to its original size, now standing at 17.5 feet. It stands on the site of an early Christian monastery allegedly founded by St. Colmcille in the 6th century. The name ‘Moone’ actually translates from Maen Colmcille, meaning ‘Colmcille’s property’. The theme of the cross is the help of God, how God came to their assistance in their hour of need, Daniel in the Lions Pit, the Three Children in the Fiery Furnace and The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes are amongst the scenes depicted. Because the carvings were not exposed to the elements, they are in a remarkable state of preservation. The crosses have been recently cleaned and a modern plexi-glass roof was installed over the shell of the church to provide them with protection from the elements. The original High Crosses, (unlike their modern counterparts) were never erected as a grave markers.

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