Irish names are famous the world over and many of them have a wonderfully rich history. We take a look at Irish names through the ages. Here are some interesting facts… Ireland was one of the first countries to use surnames 916 AD was the first recorded use of surnames in Ireland The ‘O’ often […]
The monastery at Kells, was founded in 807 by Columbian monks fleeing Viking attacks on their Island home at Iona. When you stand atop the hill upon which the famous monastery is situated, it is easy to why the monks chose the site. On a clear day, you can see across the fertile plains of […]
Who Was Saint Brigid Along with Saint Patrick and Saint Columba, Saint Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints. Her feast day falls on the 1st of February. She is revered as a early leader of the early Christian Church in Ireland and is said to have performed many healing miracles. Was Saint Brigid a […]
In the fall of 2016, passengers flying into Derry Airport noticed something very unusual as they flew over a forest in County Donegal. They discovered a huge Celtic Cross had been planted in the middle of a forest. The Celtic cross was only discovered because an unusually dry period of weather caused the trees to […]
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 […]
The ancient Celts were first mentioned by early Roman historians in the fifth century BC. They were warlike tribes who lived in the foothills of the Alps in southern France. They gradually expanded their territory and eventually migrated to Britain and Ireland. When we think of Irish Celtic Art, we tend to associate it with […]
In our new infographic, we explore the facts and figures behind The Easter Rising 1916.
If you are visiting Dublin have have a day to spare, you could consider taking a trip up the coast to the town of Drogheda. During medieval times, Drogheda vied with Dublin to be the capital of English rule in Ireland. Strategically situated at the mouth of the River Boyne it is easy to appreciate […]
Founded By Saint Ciaran in the 6th century, Clonmacnoise occupies a beautiful site on the banks of the river Shannon. The monastery was founded on a strategic site by the fording point of the Eiscir Riada, or the Royal Route that travels East to West across the country. From the 8th to 12th century the […]
Thanks for visiting our Celtic Cross Online blog. Over the coming months we are going to visit the sites of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites and Celtic crosses. We are looking forward to sharing with you what we discover.