Irish High Crosses
Hidden at the rear of the wonderful monastic ruins of St Mullins Abbey is this gorgeous high cross. St Mullins, Tigh Moling in Irish meaning House of Moling, is beautifully situated on the eastern bank of the Barrow, overlooked by both Mount Brandon and the Blackstairs Mountains. The drive down to here from Tinnahinch through scenic countryside is simply beautiful. We would advise you to stop at the quaint ruins of Templenaboe on the way down. What remains of the cross today is the head and part of the shaft, plus a cylindrical base. On the east face of the head is a crucifixion scene in the centre. The cross extension at the top bears three carved figures. On one of the arms there is also a figure. The right arm has been broken off. There are three panels on the shaft each bearing a pair of figures. The ring is imperforated. The badly damaged west face of the head, pictured below, is decorated with ornament. The north and south sides have decorative panels. The base of the cross is decorated with interlinking spirals.
This is one of the many crosses in the Barrow Valley group. Although much smaller than most of the other crosses the designs and style of ornament is typical of that group. To compare it to other crosses in the group click on the list of crosses below.
Although the high cross at Moone also belongs to this grouping I think the style is somewhat different to the crosses above. Hopefully we will have more detailed images after our next visit. Other sites worth visiting are the nearby Motte and St Moling's Holy Well.
Situated: Very easy. From Graiguenamanagh drive across the Barrow to Tinnahinch, take the first right, sign-posted for St Mullins. It is about a 6 kilometres straight run.
Group: Barrow Valley.
Discovery Map 68: S 728 380. Last visit March 2011.
Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson
Nearest High Crosses featured on this website
Graiguenamanagh: 6 kilometres NNW.
Ullard: 10 kilometres N.
Kilkieran: 32 kilometres WSW.
Killamery: 35 kilometres W.