Irish Trip Pictures-Religious Symbols

Cathedrals, Churches, Celtic crosses, religious sites


As you travel through each Irish village, there is normally one or two village churches: a Church of Ireland (Anglican) and a Roman Catholic Church. But the "big cities" have some beautiful cathedrals -- so Ellen is sharing a variety of photos of cathedrals or their interiors.

Christ Church Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Dublin -- begun in 1172 by Strongbow, a Norman baron & Dublin conqueror.     (9/20/2008)

Main nave, St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Dublin -- dedicated in 1192; Jonathan Swift, dean 1713-1745, buried here; he was author of Gulliver's Travels.     (9/20/2008)

Cathedral of S. S. Eunan and Columba (Roman Catholic), Letterkenny, Co. Donegal -- completed in 1901; this is a photo of a booklet about the cathedral; the booklet photo of the cathedral was better than the one Ellen took.    (10/11/2008)

Wall above the entrance to the Letterkenny cathedral -- Donegal sandstone; note the shamrocks and the writings in both Gaelic and English.

Ceiling inside St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Armagh, Northern Ireland -- the cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland.

St. Mary's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Kilkenny -- completed 1857 of cut limestone from local quarry.

Mass in St. Mary's -- 650 young men were celebrating the opening of their school year.    (9/30/2008)

Celtic/High Crosses:

Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. The symbol is associated with Celtic Christianity although it has older pre-Christian origins. Such crosses form a major part of Celtic art. A standing Celtic cross, made of stone and often richly ornamented, is called a High Cross or Irish Cross.

Gold Celtic Cross mounted on wall of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. St. Patrick's belongs to the Church of Ireland.    (9/20/2008)

High Cross at Glendalough, County Wicklow, site of a monastery founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.

High Cross (with Gene standing next to it), Down Cathedral, Down Patrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. This is the burial place of St. Patrick. Down Cathedral belongs to the Church of Ireland.

Celtic High Cross at Drumcliff, County Sligo. It dates to the 9th century and is on the grounds of a former abbey. Drumcliff is the site of the grave of William Butler Yeats.
(10/ 6/2008)

The gravestone of Ellen's great grandparents, Patrick Henry (d. 1930) and Catherine Murtagh Henry (d. 1941), St. Kieran's Cemetery, Kilmactigue Church, Co. Sligo. Ellen and her Irish cousin found the grave after much searching and stripping away of growth on the stone.
(10/ 3/2008)

High Cross across from St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny, County Donegal.

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Special story of our Great Grandparents, Patrick Henry & Catherine Murtagh Henry,

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