Irish High Crosses



The tenth century sandstone cross standing on the Diamond in Clones County Monaghan is a combination of two separate crosses, the head of one cross and the shaft of an other. The two Cross fragments stand to a height of 4.57 metres and are amongst the remains of a monastery founded by St Tighernach in the sixth century. The shaft of the North face, pictured right, bears the following figure sculpture, The Adoration of the Magi, The Wedding at Canna and the Multipication of the Loaves and fishes. The North side Head bears a crucifixion scene. The South face shaft shows Daniel in the Lions Den, Sacrifice of Isaac and the fall of man. At the Centre of the head Daniel in the Lions Den is also featured. The East and West sides have bossed and interlaced decoration. I hope to get better images on my next visit, the light was very poor on my last trip.

Last Visit January 2003.


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