Kinnitty High Cross and Drumcullen Cross

The High Crosses of Drumcullen Monastic Site in Kinnitty and Rath

There are two high crosses believed to be from the nearby monastic site of Drumcullen, both dating to the late 9th century. One was brought to the grounds of what is now Kinnitty Castle when it was the home of the Bernard Family(out the Cadamstown Road).  It can be seen just past the front door of the hotel along the path.  It is believed that the Bernard family brought it from Drumcullen to add antiquity to their demesne.

The second is a high cross-head – with the shaft missing. In 2015 it was brought into the nearby parish church at Rath for its safety. It is mounted on a stand and visitors can call into the church to see it.  Drumcullen Cross Head Brochure.pdf (size 628.3 KB)              

Drumcullen High Cross                                                           

St Finan, ‘The Crooked’. 6th century

The present Church of Ireland stands on the site of the monastery founded by St Finian Cam (Finan the Crooked) in 557.

In the porch is a large sandstone pillar, inscribed with a cross that contains spiralling serpent like forms. The carving suggests it may be a prehistoric standing stone, which was later Christianised by the incision of a Latin cross.  To see it, the key of the church can be borrowed from Peavoy’s shop on the corner. 

A 19th century pyramid-shaped mausoleum for the Bernard family of Kinnitty Castle then Castle Bernard is built at a height at the back of the graveyard.

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