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Carrowmore 1 Cross
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 15' 22.02"   W 007° 11' 22.86"

Nearest town

Culdaff

Grid Ref.

C 51515 45741

Map No.

3

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

43

Date of visit

Monday 29 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The plain tall cross seen from the east-northeast (70°) side.


At Carrowmore there two crosses. They are all that remains of a monastic site founded in the 6th century by St. Chonas, second husband of Darerca, sister of St. Patrick.
The monastic site has been split by a modern road, but on its north side the boundary of the religious settlement is still visible, along with other traces of those times, like a cross base and a cross-incised slab.

The first cross is slender and short-armed, the upper section being covered with moss.
It's 3.28 metres tall, 38 centimetres wide at the shaft and 61 centimetres wide at the arms, and about 27 centimetres thick. It leans to the south by 10°.
The cross is aligned east-northeast to west-southwest (70°-250°). It seems that on its west face is a carving of Christ in Glory flanked by angels, but I didn't see anything. Either the light was favourable or the carving has become so weathered to be almost vanished.
East of the cross there are a cross base and a cross slab.

We came here for the first time on May 6th, 2002.


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