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Tory Island Tau Cross
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 15' 53.2"   W 008° 13' 36.7"

Nearest town

Falcarragh

Grid Ref.

B 85627 46452

Map No.

1

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

7

Date of visit

Friday 3 June 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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From a side, the cross leans to the northeast by 4.5 degrees.


This is one of the four Tau Crosses present in Ireland, and it's the second I see, the first one being at Corofin.
It stands at close distance from the pier, at the beginning of the slipway, sat on a high stones and concrete base.
It's 1.80 metres tall, the shaft is 40 centimetres wide and only 12 centimetres thick, and the arms open 1.10 metres wide.
It dates to the 12th century and was carved from one single slate of mica, a kind of stone not present on Tory Island.
We arrived to Tory Island with the ferry from Machaire Rabhartaigh, a small village in one of the most remote part of Ireland we've ever driven to.
We had the great honour to be on the same ferry as Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory. Apart from that, the crossing to the island was a nightmare. We left Machaire Rabhartaigh with a quite nice weather, though it was cold, but during the crossing we were into a thick and freezing fog and the sea was very rough and as dark as ink. It took 50 minutes from pier to pier. More, as we got down the ferry and walked up the slipway we were welcomed by the sight of a poor dog being killed by a car a few minutes before, right before the Tau Cross!


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