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Collierstown Cross
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 34' 32.22"   W 006° 33' 21.6"

Nearest town

Dunshaughlin

Grid Ref.

N 95630 59388

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

111

Date of visit

Friday 24 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The small cross is next to the graveyard wall. In this photo it's seen from across the road.


It is said that this stone cross was lying in four pieces in the R.C. churchyard at Skreen and that it was reconstructed and re-erected in 1983.

Now it stands in the southeast corner of the churchyard, next to the border wall, well visible from the road if one has interest in such things.

The four fragments have been reassembled with some concrete, and the breaks can be seen. The cross has been topped with a roof-like element.
The south-southeast (160°) side faces the road and bears a crucifixion. A figure representing Christ is on a Latin cross, flanked by two small crosslets on either side. The top of the Latin cross has the usual INRI sign, and there's a sun on the left and a moon and star on the right.
The opposite face has, in the top panel, a sun which includes the IHS inscription and a small cross.
In the lower panel there's a figure, representing Christ which carries a cross.
Apparently the bottom fragment has a very worn out inscription dedicated to Thomas Cusack, Knight, Lord Baron and Chancellor of Ireland.
The cross possibly dates to 1588.

It is 1 metre tall, 25.5 centimetres wide and 12 centimetres thick. It stands on a plinth wich measures 1.26 metres by 1.20 metres and is 25 centimetres high.

It seems that the people of this small village are very proud of this little treasure, because while I was visiting the place more than one person smiled at me and had pride words for the monument.


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