Donaghmore High Cross

Map Reference: H768654 (2768, 3654)

The monastery at Donaghmore was supposedly founded by St Patrick who left Colum in charge. The Bell of Clogher, which is associated with the monastery, is now in the National Museum, Dublin. The churches and refectory were burned in 1195 and it was a parish church in 1306. The ruins of the old church were still standing in the 19th century, but there are now no visible remains.

The cross is made up of parts of two crosses. It is richly decorated with biblical scenes. On the E side the New Testament subjects include the Adoration of the Magi, the Miracle at Cana,the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Crucifixion.

On the W side are the Fall of Man, Cain and Abel, and the Sacrifice of Isaac. It probably dates from the 10th century. It is said to have been thrown down in the 17th century and re-erected in the 18th century.

In the graveyard beside the cross is a mature hawthorn tree. At the base is a large boulder with a deep bullaun.

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 Killary, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Durrow, Co Offaly Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Ahenny, Co Tipperary Arboe, Co Tyrone

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