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Galloon Island Cross
 

County

Fermanagh

Coordinates

N 54° 09' 05.52"   W 007° 24' 08.22"

Nearest town

Lisnaskea

Grid Ref.

H 39046 22669

Map No.

27

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

53

Date of visit

Thursday 2 July 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The East Cross seen from the southwest.


In 550 St. Tigernach (or Tiernan) founded a monastery here. Nothing of this monastery survives, a graveyard has replaced it. St. Tigernach founded another monastic site in Clones where he's buried in a small, house-shaped shrine, in the St. Tierney's cemetery.
It is said that this place once had four crosses, but only the shafts of two of them remain today, along with many beautiful 18th century grave stones carved in the folk-art style. It is possible that one of the other two stone was moved to Lisnaskea, where it was placed in the middle of the Corn and Market Square as a Market Cross.
The crosses are within a polygonal stone enclosure and are a west one and an east one, the coordinates for this page have been taken at the latter.
The east cross is the one closer to the lough shore. It is aligned east-west (85°-265°). It's 1.24 metres tall, 33 centimetres wide and 24 centimetres thick. The east, west and north sides are decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testament, the south side has geometric patterns and a figure head down.
The west cross is about 60 metres west (275°) from the first one, it is aligned northeast-southwest (60°-240°), it is 1.32 metres tall, 34 centimetres wide and 27 centimetres thick. Like the east cross, this also has three sides, east, south and west, decorated with scenes from the Bible, and the north side with patterns and animal figures.
The coordinates for this page have been taken at the shaft close to the road.

We came here for the first time on September 10th, 2003.


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