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Bealin High Cross
 

County

Westmeath

Coordinates

N 53° 26' 08.0"   W 007° 50' 41.9"

Nearest town

Athlone

Grid Ref.

N 10353 42814

Map No.

47

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

75

Date of visit

Sunday 31 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The east face of the beautiful cross is decorated with celtic motifs. The red and yellow cross is 1 metre long, for scale.


The wonderful Bealin cross is well hidden in the countryside east of Athlone. We drove to the end of a country road, but we had to ask some locals to spot it. It's behind the ridge of a 30 metres high hill, in a field protected with the barbed wire.
The cross stands on a wide stone base protected by a metal fence. It once stood in Bealin and was erected around 800 by Tuathgal, an abbot of the monastery in Clonmacnoise. It's richly decorated with geometric patterns, animal figures and a hunting scene.
It's 2.05 metres tall, 35 centimetres wide, 28 centimetres thick and the arms of the cross are 1.08 metres wide.


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