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Cross Of Duleek

10K Cross Of Duleek


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This featured High Cross, is a miniature work of art and is an authentic copy, back and front, of the east and west side of the original cross found in it's particular area of the country.

Our Celtic crosses are handcrafted in our workshop by our master Goldsmiths, who take great care in reproducing the detail and originality of these ancient monuments.


Duleek was an important ecclesiastical centre in the early Christian centuries and its Cross is unusual and very interesting. It was founded by St. Ciaran (or Kennean) who was himself baptised by St.Patrick in 472 AD. Here he built the first stone church recorded in Ireland. The name of the town comes from the Irish ‘daimh liag’, a house of stones. The centre grew and flourished for more than 700 years and aerial photographs of the town show how the ecclesiastical boundaries still impose themselves on the street plan today. Duleek became as important as Armagh, Clonard or Clonmacnoise and included hospitals, almshouses and sanctuaries. It was a resting place for the bodies of Brian Boru and his son-in law where they lay in state on their way to burial in Armagh in 1014 after the Battle of Clontarf. Later an Augustinian priory was set up there by the O’Kelly family. When the Norman, Hugh de Lacy built himself a castle nearby he granted the Church of St. Ciaran to the Augustinians of Gloucestershire in 1180. Ironically, the Normans had themselves pillaged the Priory a few years earlier. The unusual feature of the High Cross is that one face, the East face, is completely covered in Celtic curvilinear and geometric designs. At the bottom on the West face there is a scene with three figures which may be the Holy Family or it may be the presentation of our Lord in the Temple. Above are two panels each with two figures facing, one with hands clasped, one with hands raised, at the centre is a Crucifixion scene and at the top of the cross a scene from the story of the monastery. The story tells how St. Adamnon visited the tomb of St. Ciaran where his body lay undisturbed. St. Adamnon broke the rule and touched the body whereupon his eye was struck out. Later as he fasted as a penance and his eye was miraculously restored. The top panel shows the Restoration. On the East face there appears to be a symbolic vine, while the centre shows a design with seven bosses. Early Irish artists constructed everything with 'meaning and exactitude’ (Hilary Richardson, 1984). They adopted the designs of the Celts and developed a new symbolic language using design and the symbolism of numbers to convey the Christian message.

Jewelry featured on our website is manufactured in Ireland by hand and assayed and hallmarked by the Assay Office at Dublin Castle. You can be assured of a stunning, quality product which will be admired by all!

Additional Information

SKU XP56-10
Custom tab N/A
Dimensions 3.7 cm x 1.9 cm
Manufacturer No

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