Altar stone, Clonmacnoise, Ireland (photo by Ellen B.)
The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
The megalithic site of Loughcrew, or Sliabh na Cailli, in the Boyne Valley, Ireland had festivals on the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days....
This chap looks quite cheerful for someone who has been supporting an archway for over 700 years! In the Dominican Friary of Kilmallock, County Limerick
Irish Ogham stone ~ Ancient written language
An Early Christian cross from Ireland. In early Irish culture, there were no cruxifications on the early crosses as they symbolized where to find spirit. The four arms are gateways leading to the center "triscele". In the older Irish traditions, Uisineach is center where the great Bile Sacred tree grew. It connected 3 worlds, roots set in the Earth connected to past and ancestors, it grew in present and branches reach out to future. It was where the no. 7 is sacred and where the Spirit…
Northern Ireland - Said to be the earliest datable Christian monument in Ireland. This carved Standing Stone at Kilnasaggart is inscribed to Ternohc who according to the Irish Annals died in 714AD.
Kilfenra. High Cross. Irlanda
One of two original stone high crosses taken from graveyard and placed inside the museum at Clonmacnoise Co Offaly Ireland to preserve them. (Replicas were placed in the cemetary where they stood.)