Irish High Crosses



A monastery was founded here in the 6th Century by St Colmcille, the only remains of the monastery today are two High Crosses and part of a round tower, the crosses are in a graveyard by the side of the road leading to the Church of Ireland church where the poet W. B. Yeats lies buried. One of the Crosses is a plain shaft with the head missing, the other is the highly decorated cross pictured on the right. This High Cross stands at 3.83 metres and both the east and west side feature Animals in high relief, below is a detail of a camel on the west face.

The east face bears Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den and a Lion in high relief. The South side shaft features the only icon of the Virgin and Child on an Irish High Cross.



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