Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Kilree High Cross


Republic of Ireland

Kilree High Cross, near Kells County Kilkenny, is believed to be of the 8th Century, it may however be of the 9th Century. It is a weathered sandstone cross standing at 2.75m high, most of which is covered with bosses and geometrical motifs. The East has a hunting scene on the arms. The ends of the South arm also have some figure sculpture but these are difficult to interpret.

On the West face is probably an Adoration of the Magi and Daniel in the Lions den. There is a tendon joint still visible so more than likely the cross was fitted with a capstone. This old monastic site is in the middle of a field with the cross standing at the far end of the field. The most Dominant feature of this site is the Kilree Round Tower which stands near the cross.

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