High Crosses

High Crosses were developed between 700 and 900 and then again between the late 1000’s and 1100. They were erected on church boundaries, at monastic sites and sometime to the west of the principal church. They can be based chronologically into 4 groups based on decoration. They were probably funded by the local leaders and would have been originally brightly coloured. They have been described as our most enduring legacy of a Christian past to medieval European art.

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2019-06-25T19:34:31+00:00

One of 4 of a collection located near a famous golfers house

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The c.12th Rathmichael Cross is located in Rathmichael, south county Dublin. It is one of four distinct looking crosses found in this area which are collectively known as the Fassaroe Crosses. They are generally wheel [...]

One of 4 of a collection located near a famous golfers house2019-06-21T10:26:02+00:00

The earliest dateable stone monument in Ireland

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Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Jonesborough, County Armagh The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone dates to 700 AD and is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands six feet tall and the ogham script on [...]

The earliest dateable stone monument in Ireland2019-06-21T10:26:04+00:00

Regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful High Cross

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Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, County Louth This is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross. It is regarded as the most beautiful Celtic cross in the World and Ireland’s greatest contribution to European sculpture. It stands 18-feet [...]

Regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful High Cross2019-06-21T10:26:11+00:00

A master sculptor, sanctuary and hanging rebels

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The Market Cross is located outside the courthouse in Kells in co.Meath. This early 10th century cross  was originally called the “Cross of the Gate” as it was located at the eastern side of the [...]

A master sculptor, sanctuary and hanging rebels2019-06-21T10:26:15+00:00

One of Ireland’s most important ecclesiastical centres

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The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres. St Ciaran was a young preacher from Roscommon who in 545 a.d convinced the local [...]

One of Ireland’s most important ecclesiastical centres2019-06-21T10:26:16+00:00

A Christian Cross with a Pagan base

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Kilgobbin Cross is located in Stepaside villagein south co. Dublin. It was found in 1800 when a wall for the nearby graveyard was being built. It stands over 8 feet tall and can be estimated [...]

A Christian Cross with a Pagan base2019-06-21T10:26:50+00:00

Regarded as the most beautiful High Cross in the World

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Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, County Louth This is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross. It is regarded as the most beautiful Celtic cross in the World and Ireland’s greatest contribution to European sculpture. It stands 18-feet [...]

Regarded as the most beautiful High Cross in the World2019-06-21T10:26:52+00:00