High Crosses 700 >1100

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

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 

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A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences This cross, now a national monument, was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who [...]

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 2019-06-26T09:17:45+00:00

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century

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An exquisite early slab cross with Greek inscriptions  St Mura’s Cross is located in an ancient monastic site in Fahan, county Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross is generally believed to be the [...]

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century2019-06-26T12:05:18+00:00

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century

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A Master sculptor, Sanctuary & Hanging rebels 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 [...]

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century2019-06-27T06:25:49+00:00

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th Century

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A masterpiece of sculpture & The the 2nd tallest High Cross in Ireland The Moone High Cross is regarded as a masterpiece among granite crosses and dates from the 10th century. It is [...]

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th Century2019-06-27T11:07:30+00:00

Kilgobbin Cross, Stepaside. County Dublin 10th century

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A Christian Cross with a Pagan base 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 [...]

Kilgobbin Cross, Stepaside. County Dublin 10th century2019-06-29T08:35:18+00:00