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Taghmon High Cross
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 19' 19.62"   W 006° 39' 13.26"

Nearest town

Taghmon

Grid Ref.

S 91778 19796

Map No.

77

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

75

Date of visit

Tuesday 5 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The head and base of a high cross are behind that bush, the castle is in the background.


Saint Munna, also known as Fintan Munna, founded a monastery here in the first half of the 7th century. The monastery was known with the name of Teach Munna, Irish for Munna's House.

The monastery served as a school and had some importance for a few centuries. It was attacked a few times by the Norse and was involved in a conflict with the monastery in Ferns, until the monastery founded by St. Munna fell in disuse.

The only things that remain from that monastery are two pieces of a high cross, a large base and a cross head. The shaft is totally missing.
The four sides of the base have recessed panels, and in the panel facing south-southwest (210°) a cross with expanded terminals is carved in bas-relief. A boss is at the intersection of the arms. The base is 1.08 metres tall.
What remains of the head is 1.33 metres tall, and measures 1.23 metres across. The stone that makes the head is 22 centimetres thick.

In the graveyard south of the cross there are a two interesting stone crosses, quite similar to the three ones next to Adamstown Cross.

We came here for the first time on June 14th, 2013, we couldn't find this high cross, because we were looking in the wrong place, but we saw the castle which is a few metres northeast from the cross!


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