Irish High Crosses


The 17th century planter's church ruin at Cloncha is believed to have been built on the foundation of an earlier church associated with a monastic site founded by St Morialagh in the 6th Century. The monastery was one of the most important foundations in the development of Christianity on Inishowen. It's proximity to Carrowmore and another monastic site founded by St Boudan in Culdaff made this area a great seat of skill and learning. The fragments of two high crosses remain - The shaft of a tall cross with a crudely reconstructed head, only the south arm of the head is original, and the head of a later cross. The 10/11th Century tall cross, known as St Boden's Cross, is 3.95 metres high with carving divided into panels. The west face, pictured below, has two celtic interlace designs with the hermits St Peter and St Paul between them, immediately above the saints are two lions. The east face also features celtic interlace panel and the only sculptural panel has been identified as the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In the same field west of the High Cross, the head of a 12th century wheel cross can be found lying prostrate with a large base next to it.

West Face detail

East face

Saints Paul and Anthony

Miracle of the loaves and fishes

Prostrate cross and base

Situated: Quite easy this one. From Carndonagh take the R244 east for 5 kilometres to Gorey. In Gorey turn left at the crossroads. The site is situated in a field immediately after the next crossroads. Park at the cottage and walk up the track next to it.

Discovery Map 3: C 5249 4706. Last visit April 2010.

Longitude: 7° 10' 27" W

Latitude:  55° 16' 4" N

Google Map.

Photos: Jim Dempsey, Deb Snelson and José Gutiérrez.

Nearest High Crosses featured on this website

Carrowmore High Cross: 2 Kilometres. SW.

Carndonagh High Cross: 6.5 Kilometres WSW.

Fahan Cross Slab: 28 Kilometres SW.

Doon Holy Well: 49 kilometres WSW.




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