Kells in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
Kells Heritage Trail
This 9th century high cross, the cross of the gate of the Kells monastery, is one of five high crosses still surviving in Kells. The cross of the gate, currently at or near its original site, was a termon cross and signified that a fugitive could claim sanctuary once inside the boundary of the monastic area.
The carved faces of the high crosses depict scenes from the Old and New Testament and were used primarily for the religious instruction of the faithful. These scenes may originally have been coloured.
The damage to the cross is attributed to the 17th century army of Oliver Cromwell. The inscription on the base of the cross - This cross was erected at the charge of Robert Balfe of Callierstown, being sovereign of the corporation of Kells, anno domini 1688 - indicates the date of the cross's repair.
Local belief has it that the cross was also used for hanging Croppies after the 1798 rebellion.
Erected by Meath Tourism.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • EducationMan-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical year for this entry is 1688.
Location. 53° 43.6′ N, 6° 52.306′ W. Marker is in Kells, Leinster, in County Meath. Marker is at the intersection of Headfort Place (Local Road 163) and Navan Road (National Road 3), on the right when traveling east on Headfort Place. Marker is on the west wall of the former courthouse. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kells Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Headfort Place (within shouting distance of this marker); St Columba's Church (approx. half a kilometer away); Suffolk Street (approx. half a kilometer away); The Churchyard Wall (approx. half a kilometer away); Catherine Dempsey (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Kells Round Tower (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Spire of Loyd (approx. 2.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kells.
Also see . . .
1. 1798 Irish Rebellion. (Submitted on February 9, 2010.)
2. Kells High Crosses. (Submitted on February 10, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,417 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. submitted on February 10, 2010.