About Irishhighcrosses.com

Clonmacnois, Scripture Cross,  Co. Offaly, Ireland

The website now includes crosses in every county of Ireland where there is an identified cross.  I am in the process of adding directions to each of the crosses.  

Visit the Art Gallery where I have posted paintings I have done of Irish monastic sites, crosses and landscapes as well as a few Neolithic sites.  

Last Updated 7/7/2017

Welcome to Irishhighcrosses.com.  The purpose of this site is to offer an introduction to the subject of the Irish High Crosses.  These are crosses like the Scripture Cross at Clonmacnoise in County Offaly, pictured to the left, that were carved prior to the year 1200 CE.  

The first several pages of the site (High Crosses:  Preface through Scripture Crosses, offer an introduction to various aspects of the study of Irish High Crosses. 

The next set of pages, Antrim Crosses through Waterford Crosses, introduce the crosses on a county by county basis.  This is the direction for the future of the site.

The pages that name specific crosses offer an examination of those individual crosses.  They will be incorporated over time in to the counties where they are found.

The page Twelfth Century Crosses explores some examples of the latest of the High Crosses and their unique characteristics.

The page Undecorated Crosses takes a look at some of the often overlooked High Crosses, the plainer examples.

The pages Images of the Fall through The Resurrection explore particular types of images across a number of different crosses.

The next two pages Hebrew Scripture Images and Christian Scripture Images have the following divisions:  Categories of Hebrew or Christian images that appear on the crosses; Distribution of Hebrew or Christian images that appear on the crosses; The Top Ten crosses according to the number of Hebrew or Christian images that appear on them; a listing by subject matter and which crosses these Hebrew or Christian images appear on; and a listing by the name of the cross of the images that appear on each cross.

The Art Gallery contains paintings, mostly pastel chalk, of various early Christian Ireland sites plus an occasional landscape or neolithic Ireland painting.  All are painted by the author, Barney McLaughlin.  I am a beginning painter and want to share these images with you.  

A Catelog of Crosses, listed by county, and a Bibliography complete the arrangement.  

Contact Us:  Your comments, suggestions and questions are welcomed at barneyrew33@gmail.com   For a bit more information about the site, visit http://www.sandvoxsites.com/person/hqzwqtzlgx or http://www.sandvoxsites.com/website/nsltnlvz.  

All photos and illustrations, unless otherwise noted were taken by the authors.


Irish Stones: over 6,000 years of stone history:  http://www.irishstones.org

Information and photos of the old monuments that dot the Irish landscape.   Giving priority to those monuments that are less known or that are far from the touristic itineraries. Some not signposted.  There are many photographs on the site and a variety of ways to search for monuments.

Early Christian Ireland:  www.earlychristianireland.org 

Specifically focused on Early Christian sites up to about 1100 CE, this site is arranged by Irish County.  It has photos of nearly every High Cross.  The High Crosses are categorized with Cross Slabs.  Photographs are good. There is no guide to location and minimal background.

Irish High Crosses:   http://www.highcrosses.org

A sister site to Irish Round Towers this site has numerous photographs of some of the High Crosses.

Megalithicireland: www.megalithicireland.com 

An excellent site, and not just for megalithic antiquities.  There is a separate section on High Crosses that contains pictures, general background and location information on at least 54 sites.  On the home page you can search by Irish County.  For each cross presented there are links to other nearby cross sites. 

Megalithomania:  www.megalithomania.net/ 

Originally dedicated to Irish megaliths, but now expanded to include other antiquities, including Early Christian and Medieval monuments.  Provides coordinates, has information on at least 49 High Cross sites.  Pictures are small but can be enlarged. 

National Monument Service:  http://www.webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/

This site is part of  archaeology.ie and has an exhaustive listing of all kinds of archaeological sites in the Republic of Ireland.  Search by County and by the type of site you are looking for.  Click on a site and a map showing the location of the monument will be provided.  A very useful source in seeking to find High Crosses.

Irish Antiquities:  www.irishantiquities.bravehost.com 

Arranged by Irish County this site has great pictures, including details of many of the decorations on the crosses.  Offers basic information on many of the Irish High Crosses, including at least 26 locations, many with multiple crosses. 

 Barney McLaughlin 2012