Irish High Crosses


Near the centre of Duleek village, Co Meath, in the derelict Church of Ireland, stands a small High Cross made of sandstone. As you go through the gates towards the Church the Cross is on your right hand side, it is only 1.82 metres high and very easy to walk past. On the West face, pictured on the right, are figure sculptures, the easiest to identify being a crucifixion scene at the centre of the head. The Irish archaeologist Peter Harbison believes they are scenes illustrating the early life of the Virgin Mary.

Above is a detail from the South side showing a winged creature, the East Face and sides of the cross has some beautifully inscribed geometrical designs.

West Face

North Side

Th North side of the cross is shown on the left. I hope to have some good images of these in the near future. The body of King Brian Boru killed in the battle of Clontarf 1014, rested here over night, on it's way to Armagh for burial.


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