Balrath

Wayside Cross

I had drove passed this late 16th wayside cross on many occasions. I stopped to view it several years ago but thought I would wait for better light to photograph it. On my next trip up the N2 I was surprised to discover the cross had been moved because of road widening at Balrath Cross. It was several years before I actually found out its new location. It is presently situated just around the corner from the crossroads in Ballymagarvey Cemetery. On the west face there is a crucifixion carved on the upper portion with small knot carvings beneath. The East face which was in shade during my visit has a nice pieta carved above an inscription asking for A prayer for the soul of John Broin. Below this is another inscription saying the Cross was beautified in 1727 by Sir John Aylmer and his wife Catherine. At the ends of both arms there carvings of two masks. The mask on the southern arm is shown below. Also present in the graveyard is the ruin of Ballymagarvey Church. I will call again to earlier in the day to photograph the inscriptions in better light.

Situated: From Ashbourne head north on the N2 for 16 kilometres. Turn left onto R153 signed Navan/Kentstown. Take the first left. The cross is 60 metres up here on your right.

Discovery Map 42:N 9988 6460. Last visit April 2013.

Longitude: 6° 29' 25" W

Latitude: 53° 37' 18" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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