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.
Fr Oliver Crilly has been a parish priest in the Derry Diocese in the parishes of Melmount, Ardmore and Greenlough. A past Director of Veritas, his interest in parish pastoral councils was stimulated by the NCPI Conferences on collaborative ministry in the 1980s, led by Brother Loughlan Sofield.