Irish High Crosses


The high cross at Kilgobbin Lane stands at almost 2.5 metres high and is made from granite. Sadly the southern arm and adjoining ring has been broken. The weathered east face, pictured right bears a crucifixion scene, showing christ wearing a long robe. There is rope moulding running from below Christ's feet down to the base of the shaft and then turning and running back up the sides of the shaft. The west side of this cross is also badly weathered and like the east face bears a crucifixion scene. The cross is set in a round base that has a large bullaun. Situated on a small knoll to the south east of the cross is the ruin of an eighteenth century church that was built on the site of an earlier church dedicated to St Gobban. Inside the church are some early antiquities including a Rathdown slab, thought to be an early viking burial slab. Although the cross is a national monument the protective fence around the cross has completely fallen down and the site is now somewhat neglected.


East Face



The image shown left shows the large bullaun in the base of the cross which is about 15 centimetres in width. Bullaun stones are usually associated with christian sites but may are probably from a much earlier date.



Situated: From the M50 head for Stepaside. Once there turn left at the crossroads onto Kilgobbin road,a few hundred metres down this road turn left turn at Kilgobbin Lane. The cross is sign-posted here. It stands 100 metres up this lane on your left.

Google Map:

Discovery Map: 50. O1892 2438. Last Visit: Feb 2008.

Longitude: 6° 13' 4" W

Latitude: 53° 15' 23" N

Nearest Crosses featured on this website

Laughanstown: 4.5 Kilometres ESE

Glendalough: 30 Kilometres SSW




Pics: Jim Dempsey.

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