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The Great Irish Crosses

Meaning and Mystery

Author(s): Oliver Crilly

ISBN13: 9781856077989

ISBN10: 1856077985

Publisher: Columba Press (30 Jun 2013)

Extent: 80 pages

Binding: Hardcover

Size: 20 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm

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  • This book is an introduction to the meaning and mystery of the great crosses of Ireland. It follows the personal pilgrimage of the author from his early interest in the Maghera Crucifixion to the mature personal appreciation of Ireland’s scripture crosses which he arrived at in later life. He was privileged to meet along the way very special people who guided him n understanding the scriptural background and he art of the master stone carvers.


    It is a book about the crosses, but also about the pioneering study of he crosses which has led to the deeper understanding of our great heritage of sculpture.


    It tells the story of Francoise Henry, the young French girl who fell in love with Ireland’s artistic treasures and made their study and elucidation her life’s work.

  • Oliver Crilly

    Oliver Crilly is parish priest of Tamlaght O’Crilly (Greenlough) in Co. Derry. He has a BA in Celtic Studies from Maynooth, and an M.Pil. in Irish Studies form University of Ulster in Coleraine. He was on the editorial team of Irisleabhar Mhá Nuad when the magazine in Irish under the guidance of Dr Brendan Devlin. He taught in St Patrick’s, Maghera, before going to Dublin to work in Veritas Publications, the publishing arm of the Catholic Communications Institute.

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The Great Irish Crosses