Irish High Crosses


It was an absolute delight to visit Kilmokea graveyard. The D-shaped graveyard is situated inside an early christian enclosure. A church was founded here in the 8th century by Suadbar. The site is also associated with Saints Findbarr and Barrfhin. Inside the cemetery are some wonderful artifacts nestled together beside the main entrance. Amongst them are two bullaun stones, a font, a cross base and a cross slab. Next to the slab stands a small High Cross. Probably the smallest example of a High Cross in Ireland. It is only 0.55 metres high and at the crux only 0.31 metres wide. The sandstone cross has been decorated with rope-moulding around the edges, including all the side panels and arms. Crosses have been carved onto both faces of the solid head and there are interlaced knots carved in some of the front and side panels. The cross base, pictured below right, does not belong to this cross. If you do visit Kilmokea please to take time to look at the other artifacts on display. A sheela-na-gig was also found in the grounds of Kilmokea house but has since been moved to the National Museum of Ireland. If you do visit Kilmokea please to take the time to look at some of the other artifacts on display.

Cross slab

Cross base

Situated: Kilmokea cemetery is located in Great Island townland. From New Ross head south on the R733 for 5 kilometres. Turn right in Slaught staying on the R733. After 5.5 K turn right. The cemetery is 3 kilometres down here to the right of Kilmokea House.

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Discovery Map: 76.

Last Visit: April 2015.

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St Mullins: 22 Kilometres North

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Ullard: 32 Kilometres North

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