County Donegal

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County Donegal

St Patrick is said to have founded a church here. The Cross may date from the 8C and has a scene of the Cross (represented by 2 figure s- the 2 thieves, or soldiers) and of the Resurrection (represented by the women at the tomb). One pillar stone has a figure, perhaps that of King David on, the other of a pilgrim with staff and bell (though some say it is a bishop)

The interlace cross occurs in Coptic Egypt as well as on Anglo-Saxon coins from 7C on and in Italy from 7C onwards. OS: 3 463 449 marked

There is a 9C lintel and also an important stone called the Marigold Stone in the graveyard. The 2 crosses one above the other symbolise the resurrection – as found also on some 6C Palestinian pilgrim’s flasks.

There is a Cross Slab at Ballyloskey ½ mile to the south but we could not find it due to building developments. OS: 3 466 445 marked

see also: B Lacey et al Archaeological Survey of County Donegal p 249-51

see also: A Halpin and Conor Newman. Ireland an Oxford Archaeological Guide 2006

See also:

carndonagh2 Cross Shaft detail (2) Cross shaft detail Cross shaft front detail General view High Cross head front view High Cross head rear view Lintel Marigod Stone front Marigold Stone front (2) Marigold Stone rear view (2) Marigold Stone rear view Pillar Stone 1 side 1 Pillar Stone 1 side 2 Pillar Stone 2 side 1 Pillar stone 2 side 2 Slab The High Cross