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Carrowmore 2 Cross
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 15' 21.36"   W 007° 11' 20.22"

Nearest town

Culdaff

Grid Ref.

C 51562 45721

Map No.

3

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

42

Date of visit

Monday 29 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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From the east.


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.

This cross has been carved out of a thin stone slab. This slab is also slightly curved so that the cross seems to be bending forward.
The cross is now standing on a heap of stones.
The cross itself is 3.23 metres tall, 85 centimetres wide at the base and 1.53 metres at the arms, and only 19 centimetres thick.
It's aligned northeast-southwest (40°-220°), and is totally undecorated, apart from a incised latin cross that seems, however, a recent addition.
About 20 metres southwest from the cross is a bullaun stone with a single small hollow, another trace of the early monastery.

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


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