Local tradition maintains that this 3.21 metre tall plain cross with slightly expanded arms was discovered on the foreshore of Donegal Bay after being exposed by a storm. It is believed that the cross belonged to a monastic settlement near the seashore, although testing was done in the area no additional archeological evidence of a monastery in this vicinity was found. This cross was erected as a market cross by Major Thomas Dickson on a small hillock in Tullaghan village in 1778. Major Dickson's reputed reason for erecting the cross was to attract attention to the market in Tullaghan which was in competition with the more popular Ballyshannon market. Set in a sandstone base, the cross currently leans significantly to the west. On both of the occasions we have visited this cross the weather has been quite dull, hopefully we will get better light for our next visit. There are numerous megalithic sites close to this location.

Situated: Very easy. From Bundoran head south on the R267. after 2 kilometres you will join the N15. After a further kilometre you will arrive in Tullaghan. The Cross is situated on a small hillock on your right opposite the garage on your left. There is parkin at the next right turn.

Discovery Map 16: G7862 5785. Last visit Sept 2010.

Longitude: 19' 47" W

Latitude: 54° 28' 7" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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