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Celtic Durrow High Cross

If you are looking for a historic day break, Durrow Abbey provides a wonderful ancient Celtic experience featuring the ancient Durrow Celtic Cross as well as other Celtic Cross Slabs exhibited within a conserved church. Durrow is one of Ireland’s most important early Christian monasteries and is considered to be of international importance.

Situated from an hour drive outside of Dublin, Durrow Abbey is the place to enjoy the beauty of the ancient Celtic heritage.

Durrow High Cross

Durrow is the site of the earliest and most important monasteries founded by St Columcille about AD550. The Book of Durrow is an illuminated Gospel manuscript which pre-dates the Book of Kells.

Although the Early Christian monastery no longer exists, physical evidence of its importance remains, as do the anniversaries and festivals in the locality. The renowned Pattern of Durrow still takes place every year in June, the first documented evidence of Pattern festival in the locality dates back to 1463 and has flourished from 1880’s to present day and is now one of the few remaining patterns in Ireland.

Durrow Abbey

I hope you get a sunnier day when you visit.

About 500 metres north of the High Cross one can find a holy well named as St Colmcilles well. Above the entrance of the well is a plaque with AD550 written on it. Nearby, in the woods, stands a Norman motte.

The historic site, including the church and the High Cross, is opened to the public throughout the year and serves a visit for anyone interested in the ancient Celtic heritage.

The High Cross of Durrow stands at 3.60 meters tall. If you would like to purchase a replica of the Celtic Cross of Durrow or view the rest of our authentic Celtic cross jewelry replica crosses visit Celtic Cross Online.