Irish High Crosses


The tenth century sandstone cross standing on the Diamond in Clones County Monaghan is a combination of two separate crosses consisting of the head of one cross and the shaft of an other. The two cross fragments stand to a height of 4.57 metres and are amongst the remains of a monastery founded in Clones by St Tighernach in the sixth century. The south west face of the shaft, pictured below bears iconography depicting Daniel in the Lions Den at the top of the shaft with immediately below it the Sacrifice of Isaac and below that Adam and Eve (the fall of man). The shaft of the north west face, bears the following figure sculpture, The Adoration of the Magi, The Wedding at Canna and the Multipication of the Loaves and Fishes. The biblical scenes depicted on the shaft link this cross to the Ulster group of high crosses. Beaded decoration runs up the sides of the two faces and also around the distinctive collar at the top of the shaft, see image below. The cross is, pictured right, standing in front of St Tiernachs Church of Ireland.

The north west side of the head bears a crucifixion scene with an unidentified scene below it. The top stone of the head was added at a much later date. At the centre of the south west of the head, pictured below, is another depiction of Daniel in the Lions Den, with Cain slaying Abel to the left and what may be Pilate washing his hands to the right. The east and west sides of the cross bear bosses and interlaced decoration. Sadly the iconograhic scenes on this face are badly weathered. A round tower and the shrine of St Tighernach are located in a graveyard 100 metres from the Diamond.

The Fall of Man

Daniel in the Lions den

Situated: In the Diamond in the centre of Clones Town, County Monaghan.

Group: Ulster

Google Map.

Discovery Map: 27 S 5010 2589. Last Visit: Apr 07.

Longitude: 7° 13' 57" W

Latitude: 54° 10' 46" N

Nearest High Crosses featured on this web site.

Galloon: 12 Kilometres West.

Lisnaskea: 16 Kilometres WNW

Armagh: 39 Kilometres NE

Donaghmore: 48 Kilometres North.

Pics: Jim Dempsey.

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