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Archive for October 23, 2013

Killamery High Cross, county Kilkenny

Killemary High cross
Fujifilm X100
Killamery High Cross,
Kilamery grave yard and old church.

Killamery – High Cross

The Killamery High Cross is one of Ireland iconic early Christian symbols.

It is situated in an old graveyard in county Kilkenny, the location is just below the mountain area of Slievenamon on the other side of the Kilkenny, Tipperary border.

The cross is one of the western Ossory group of crosses. The cross stands at 3.65 metres high and the west face of the cross bears most of the figure sculpture. The east face pictured right, is decorated with three marigolds on the shaft and has a boss in the centre of the head surrounded by intertwining serpents with an open mouthed dragon above the boss. The cross is known as the Snake-Dragon cross. The cross has a gabled cap-stone and the narrow sides have double mouldings. At the end of the southern arm of the cross there is a panel depicting Noah in the Ark and the end of the northern arm features four scenes centered around John the Baptist.

There is also a worn inscription on the base of the western side of the cross which is said to read as ‘OR DO MAELSECHNAILL’ a prayer for Maelsechnaill. Maelsechnaill was the High King of Ireland from 846 to 862.

Images of a Winters Message – Poem by Mark R Slaughter

Frost and Snow No 4
Images from a Kilkenny winter
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

A Winter Message

By : Mark R Slaughter

A flake of snow in flurry thro’ the air
Had landed as a kiss upon my cheek:
A secret message, just for me to share;

Frost and Snow No 1


To take to heart but never dare to speak
About or presuppose to other eyes
Your open feelings – distant though they are.
And so, upon my own surprise:
A flake of snow returned from me afar.

Frost and Snow No 2