Marked by the ruins of a medieval church
near the vicinity of Moone Abbey, is the site of an
ancient monastery. The church is believed to have been
founded by St. Palladius, who came to Ireland in 431. It
was later dedicated to St. Columcille.
The cross itself, stands 17½ feet high (this includes the base). It is reputed to date from the eighth century. Irish high crosses were not intended to mark out places of burial, but were constructed to act as embellishments or boundaries for monasteries, or indeed for didactic purposes of religious instruction. This is conclusive as the iconography of the cross pertains to that of the popular form of prayer at that time, with references to both the old and new testaments.
The cross is an impressive monument and one of the best preserved of its kind in Ireland.