Castledermot, Co Kildare, will host an exhibition on the High Crosses of Ireland this summer.
The free exhibition will be in the newly renovated Teach Diarmada Community Centre each Friday and Saturday during July and August.
High crosses are one of the most iconic monuments from Ireland’s Golden Age. The Castledermot exhibition allows visitors to find out more about these crosses and the amazing early Christian art that decorates them.
The exhibition includes detailed images of contemporary metalwork and manuscripts rarely seen outside museums or specialist publications. The exhibition has been loaned by the National Museum of Ireland.
The location of this exhibition in Castledermot allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition and then to visit genuine high crosses in their original location at St James’ church, Castledermot and the nearby Moone High Cross.
The exhibition also includes a visual display featuring 3D images of local high crosses and an art table where children can explore interlace and other early medieval designs.
Castledermot Local History Group, with the support of Teach Diarmada Community Centre, have organised this exhibition which has been funded by a grant from the Irish Walled Town Network. Castledermot Local History Group recognises heritage as one of Castledermot’s principle assets and firmly believes that it can have a positive role in its regeneration. It is hoped that the success of this ‘pop-up’ exhibition, may herald a more permanent heritage attraction in the town in the future.
The Irish High Cross exhibition will be open in Teach Diarmada Community Centre on Castledermot Main Street from 10am to 4pm every Friday and Saturday during the months of July and August and during Heritage Week from Wednesday to Saturday (27th-30th August). Additional weekday access can be arranged by calling 059-9144888. Admission is free.