The North Cross, Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly.

Location – This cross has been moved to the visitors centre. Map references are not necessary here.

Description and History – This cross is largely ruined and only the shaft and base remain. However, the designs on the shaft are similar to those found in the Book of Kells and consist of abstract humans, interlace and animal designs. This is probably the oldest of the high crosses at Clonmacnoise and dates to around 800. The base is a reused millstone. The E face of the cross is blank which suggests that is was made to stand against a building.

Difficulty – In the visitors centre so it is very easy to get to.

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