Irish High Crosses

Before restoration


In Moone, Co Kildare stands the second tallest high cross in Ireland. The shape of which is quite unique, and consists of three parts, the upper part and base were discovered in the graveyard of the abbey in 1835 and re-erected as a complete cross, but in 1893 the middle section of the shaft was discovered and the cross was finally reconstructed to its original size, now standing at 17.5 feet the cross has been erected inside the ruins of the medieval church. The theme of the cross is the help of God, how God came to their assistance in their hour of need, Daniel in the lions pit, the three children in the fiery furnace and the miracle of the loaves and fishes amongst the scenes depicted. The monastery is believed to have been founded by St Palladius in the 5th century and dedicated to St Columcille in the 6th century, and the cross constructed from granite during the 10th Century.



The 12 Apostles are carved on the base of the west side, below the crucifixion.

The Temptation of St Anthony and a six-headed beast on the North base.

East face showing Daniel in the Lions pit and the sacrifice of Isaac.

South side, the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the flight into Egypt.

Over the past two years restoration work has taken place at Moone. The High Cross has been cleaned and protective roofing panels have been erected on the old church.

Also present at Moone are the fragments of another High Cross, a holed cross, the image above shows which part of the cross those fragments came from.

After restoration.

Situated: In Moone, County Kildare, from Dublin take the N7 west, then the N9 South for Carlow, about 31 kilometres South of Naas take a left for Moone, drive through the village until you see a sign for the High Cross, take a right, after about 1 1/2 kilometres you will see another sign, park next to the stone wall on your right, go through the stile, the cross is situated inside the church walls.

Group: Barrow Valley.

Google Map.

Discovery Map: 55 S 7889 9271. Last Visit: Sept 09.

Longitude: 6° 49' 31" W

Latitude: 52° 58' 46" N

Nearest High Crosses featured on this website

Castledermot: 7. 5 Kilometres south on the N9.

Old Kilcullen: 15 Kilometres North.

Glendalough: 33 Kilometres East.

Graiguenamanagh: 50 Kilometres South.




Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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