Irish High Crosses

Dromiskin High Cross

High Cross West Face


All that remains of the monastery, which was founded here in Co Louth, by a disciple of St Patrick, Lughaidh (died around 515) are a round tower and the head of a tenth century granite cross. In 1918 the head of the cross was re-erected on a modern granite base and shaft and positioned in the graveyard east of the bell-tower. On the west face of the cross, pictured right is a decorated boss. The east face bears figure sculpture on both arms. On the left arm is a hunting scene, the right arm shows a horse carrying a headless torso, preceded by a man bearing the head, this scene, believed to be David and Goliath, is also depicted on the base of the North cross Ahenny. At the centre of the head is a square plaque with dragon like creatures uncoiling from a central boss, a detail of which is shown below.




Cross details
Dromiskin Church

Situated: From Drogheda take the N1 North, go through Castlebellingham, after about 2 kilometres take a left turn (sign-posted) for Dromiskin the cross in the graveyard to your right, about 1 kilometre down this road.

Group: North Leinster.

Google Map.

Discovery Map: 36 O 0526 9814. Last Visit: Jan 2012.

Longitude: 6° 23' 51" W

Latitude: 53° 55' 19" N

Nearest High Crosses featured on this website

Monasterboice: 16 Kilometres South.

Termonfeckin: 20 Kilometres SSE.

Killary: 23 Kilometres SW.

Duleek: 33 Kilometres S.

Kells: 38 Kilometres SW.

Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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