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


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 centuries2020-05-04T12:00:54+00:00

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 


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 2020-05-01T13:27:50+00:00

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


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 century2020-04-29T07:28:31+00:00