2 of Ireland’s earliest High Crosses & St Patrick’s sister

This is one of two High Crosses located in the ancient monastic site of Carrowmore. This site is just a few miles outside the village of Gleneely on the Inishowen Peninsula. This monastery was founded in the 6th century by Conas, husband of Dareaca, and was reputedly a sister of St Patrick. There are two ancient High Crosses with the grounds which are both National Monuments. They are the most primitive-looking of the six Inishowen High Crosses. High Crosses developed over time from stone granite pillars to carved slabs and eventually becoming the highly ornate crosses that have become famous throughout the World. The Carrowmore West Cross has short arms and no carvings and may date from as early as the 7th century while the East Cross shown in the photo is taller and has carvings of a forward-facing Christ figure. Christ’s arms are also concealed by a long robe and flanked on either side by an angel that appear to be whispering something into the ears of Christ. It is described by iconographers as depicting the ‘Majestas Domini’ or ‘Christ in Glory’.