Killary High Cross

Map Reference: N880830 (2880, 2830)

At Killary Church the shaft of a High Cross sits in a massive round base. The east face features possibly four panels. The lower panel is Adam & Eve; above this is a boat with two figures and a bird on top of the mast (possibly Noah's Ark); the panel above this is not clear; the top panel features Daniel in the Lions' Den.

On the west face the lower panel is not clear; above this is possibly the Baptism of Christ; the panel above this has several unidentifiable figures.

On the south face are some knobs and interlacing with possibly figures in the bottom panel.

On the north face there are figures in the bottom panel, patterns in the middle panel and figures at the top. All this carving is greatly weathered.

At the north-east corner of the graveyard is the base of a cross which has some poor decoration.

A portion of a cross-head lies within the base. The church is a rectangular building with a small vaulted north addition at the east end. There are doorways in the north and south walls near the west end. Just inside the south doorway is a square cross-base. The memorials in the graveyard range from 18th century to modern. One stone has a skull and crossbones and other symbols of mortality. A cross- shaped memorial has fine raised lettering and is dated 1709. A number of late 18th and early 19th century stones features good carvings of winged cherubs.

Beside the south pathway of the graveyard is a standing-stone about lm high and 40cm square at the base. It tapers to about 20cm thick at the top.

For details of other Figured High Crosses click on the links below

Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Kilfenora, Co Clare Killaloe, Co Clare Camus, Co Derry Carndonagh, Co Donegal Donaghmore, Co Down Boho, Co Fermanagh Galloon, Co Fermanagh Tuam, Co Galway Castledermott, Co Kildare Moone, Co Kildare Kilkeeran, Co Kilkenny Killamery, Co Kilkenny Kilree, Co Kilkenny Monasterboice, Co Louth Termonfeckin, Co Louth Duleek, Co Meath Kells, Co Meath Kells Market Cross, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Durrow, Co Offaly Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Ahenny, Co Tipperary Arboe, Co Tyrone Donaghmore, Co Tyrone

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