"Ahenny High Crosses" Ireland Off The Beaten Path Tip by TRimer

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  Ahenny Cross
by TRimer

The Ahenny High crosses attract many tourists every Summer. These are two Stone Crosses built by monks over a thousand years ago.

Found at the monastic site of Kilclispeen these two crosses imitate the earlier wooden crosses which were encased with a metal binding, the stone bosses imitate the studs which would have covered the rivets that held the metal and wooden crosses together. These crosses are the oldest of it's kind in the country. They are unusual in that they are covered with an interlaced design, not with depictions of Biblical stories.
There are now only two crosses standing, and are many theories and stories as to what happened to the third.

Both crosses are made out of sandstone and best viewed around mid-day during the summer, when the high relief of the sculpture is shown at its best.

Situated in Ahenny, County Tipperary. From Carrick-on-Suir take the R 697 North, after 5 kilometres take a left at Scrogh Bridge then take the next right. Two kilometres down this road there is a church on your right, the crosses are in a field immediately to the right of the church. Well sign posted.

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  • Updated Jun 30, 2005
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