Kinnitty Cross

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Name Kinnitty Cross County Offaly Nearest Town Birr Access Road R440 About The Kinnitty High Cross is in the grounds of Kinnitty Castle in South County Offaly, nestling in the shadows of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.


There is another broken down high cross in Drumcullen monastery.

Some people say that the cross was originally from St.
Finans Church.


Others say that it was found in Drumcullen monastery.

The Cross was originally part of the monastic site founded in the sixth Century by St Finian Cam although the cross was probably sculptured during the tenth century.

The North Face pictured right, bears seven bosses at the centre of the head standing above two affronted birds and the North shaft bears a figurative panel showing Adam and Eve above some decorative panels, details are shown below.

At the centre of the head on the South side is a crucifixion scene and on the southern shaft a panel showing a David scene, although this is open to interpretation.

At the bottom of the shaft on both the North and South sides are inscriptions referring to King Maelsechnaill the King of Ireland between 846 and 862CE.
The cross originally faced East-West but is now standing North-South.


On the south side of the high cross is a picture of the Crucifixion.

On the north side there is a picture of David playing the lyre frequent.

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