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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.

9 responses

  1. Hello.
    Great photo. In one of the music videos i recently posted, for The Green Man, one of these crosses appears at the beginning. I did not realize the size of such crosses. Thank you.

    October 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      Thank you, A pleasure and I am very pleased you enjoyed the post and commented πŸ™‚

      October 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  2. Wonderful!

    I love the deep focus and unusual perspective on this shot. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    At first glance I would just see a Celtic cross. Thanks for sharing the symbolism and history. Very interesting!

    October 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Very pleased you enjoyed this post and commented πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      October 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  3. So interesting and great black and white image

    October 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  4. Your photography brings me to Ireland, and to my memories of being there. Gorgeous.

    October 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  5. Absolutely great image!!! And thanks a lot for the explanation!!!
    Have a nice day!

    October 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  6. Its the mirrored oblique angle of solid objects against the tonal spaces that is such a musical thing here. Lovely.

    October 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  7. 1annecasey

    Stunning photo – the lighting and detail are so dramatic!

    November 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

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