Irish High Crosses

Devenish Island

Close up of West Face

Exquisite Carving

Devenish Island

Late Medieval Cross

We were so delighted to have finally visited the monastic site situated on Devenish Island. One of the main reasons for visiting was to photograph the beautifully carved 15th century medieval cross. I have included this cross here even though it is not regarded as a high cross. The cross which stands at 2.25 metres tall is beautifully carved with a very intricate design on the upper shaft. St Molaise, also known as St Laserian, founded a monastery here in the 6th century. Also present on the island is a wonderful 25 metre tall round tower dating to the 12th century. The tower bears romanesque features and is accessible to the public. Two of the remaining churches on the island also date to the romanesque period. The first of these is the 13th century Teampull Mor. Sadly, only the lower part of the second church, a 12th century romanesque oratory remains. Known as St Molaise's House, it may have been a tomb shrine that housed the relics of St Molaise. There is also a 15th century Augustinian Priory just up the hill passed the round tower. There is a modern building on the left as you approach the island. This is a small but quite enjoyable museum, with some interesting carved fragments from the churches on the island. The island is privately owned and only accessible during the months listed below.

Friary
Devenish Pier

Situated: An island on Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh From Enniskillen take the A32 north At Trory take a left turn down to the pier. There is a small fee to pay for the boat trip. Open April to September.

Google Map.

Discovery OS 17. Map: H 224 469.

Last Visit: August 2010

.Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

Nearest High Crosses featured on this web site.

Boho High Cross: 11 Kilometres W.

White Island Figures: 14 Kilometres N.

Lisnaskea High Cross: 19 Kilometres SE.

Boa Island Carved Figures: 21 Kilometres N.

Clones High Cross: 35 Kilometres SE.

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