Celtic Crosses of Ireland: A Glimpse of History
The Celtic Cross is one of Ireland’s most recognisable symbols dating back to the Early Middle Ages. They were made famous by the high cross, featured in many churches and graveyards. The origins of the Celtic Cross is not very well known however, many people believe that the circle represents a halo, while others see the ring as Roman sun-god, Invictus. There are many famous Celtic Crosses and High Crosses in Ireland, especially across Ireland’s ancient east - let’s take a look at my top 3!
Located in the Clonmacnoise monastery, this is Ireland’s most famous high cross dating back to the 6th century. The cross is carved out of Clare sandstone making the intricate designs and patterns even more mesmerizing - along with their survival all this time!
The high crosses of Ahenny, Co. Tipperary are quite different with a much more central ring. They are also made from sandstone featuring beautiful designs of David bringing Goliath back to Jerusalem.
Muiredach’s high cross is located in the now ruined monastic site of Monasterboice, in County Louth, Ireland. It dates back to 10th century with the cross itself being carved from a single block of sandstone - the capstone and base were carved separately. It is generally considered one of Europe’s most impressive surviving pieces of early medieval stonework. There are 124 figures on the cross and 17 patterns on the surrounding ring. We even have some beautiful pendants and home decor inspired by Muiredach high cross!
We have a large selection of Celtic Cross jewelry that are made in Ireland! Many of them are inspired by other Celtic designs such as the Trinity Knot, Claddagh symbol, Tree of Life and more! Why not take a look and keep at little piece of Ireland close at heart! Shop Celtic Crosses Here!